Burundi economy battered by yearlong crisis


NAIROBI: A year into a political crisis, which has claimed about 500 lives, driven a quarter of a million into exile and prompted Western donors to suspend government aid, Burundi’s economy is on the ropes. The central African country had only just begun to recover from a 1993-2006 ethnic-based civil war when it became sucked back into violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced a year ago that he would seek a third term in office. “The economy had been starting to stabilize, inflation was under control, and with average growth of around 4.5 percent over several years, Burundi seemed to be on the right path,” said an economics professor at Burundi University, who did not wish to be named.



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