11 Things You Should Know About Burundi’s Struggle For Independence

Written by Becca Blond

This week Burundi celebrates 53 years of independence from Belgium. One of two African nations colonized by Belgium, its July 1, 1962 independence day is one of the earliest on the African continent. Fifty-three years later, Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Burundi’s struggle for independence.

This article was originally published July 22, 2014.