Burundi: History

  1. 1300s

    The Hutu people arrive to the region.

  2. 1400s

    The Tutsi people settle into the region.

  3. 1500s

    The Burundian Kingdom arises.

  4. 1890

    The kingdoms of Burundi and Rwanda join as German East Africa.

  5. 1923

    The League of Nations mandate to Belgium the territory of Ruanda-Urundi, encompassing modern-day Rwanda and Burundi.

  6. 1962

    Burundi gains its independence.

  7. 1981

    A new constitution proclaims Burundi as a one-party state under the Union for National Progress (UPRONA).

  8. 1992

    A new constitution is approved providing for a multiparty system.

  9. 1993

    The Burundian Civil War starts, lasting until 2006.

  10. 2007

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi re-launch the regional economic bloc - Great Lakes Countries Economic Community - known under its French acronym CEPGL.

  11. 2009

    The Paris Club of creditor nations cancels all of the $134.3 million debt Burundi owed to its members.


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