Burundi and Rwanda Compared
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Mr. Beat compares and contrasts two landlocked countries in the African Great Lakes region. Finally, Africa! #geography #compared
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Burundi and Rwanda, or...officially the Republic of Burundi and the Republic of Rwanda
Two small, bordering, landlocked countries in East Africa. Both in the African Great Lakes region. Burundi borders Lake Tanganyika, the second-largest and second-oldest freshwater lake in the world. And Rwanda borders Lake Kivu, a lake that is one of three known lakes to go through limnic eruptions. A limnic eruption is a rare type of natural disaster in which deep lake waters burst into a gas cloud that can kill any living creature near the lake. So if that ever happens, Rwanda would be very vulnerable.
Tensions have been high between the two for a few years now. However, even though the current leaders of both have been talking trash, the two countries have a lot in common.
For starters, they used to be part of the same kingdom. Ruanda-Urundi, which was once part of German East Africa, a territory ruled by Belgium between 1922 and 1962.