Infobox Settlement |official_name = Bujumbura, Burundi
image_caption = Central Bujumbura, with Lake Tanganyika in the background
subdivision_type = Province
subdivision_name = Bujumbura-Ville
area_total_km2 = 86.54
population_as_of = 1990
population_total = 235,440
timezone = CAT
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = none
utc_offset_DST = +1
latd=3 |latm=23 |lats=00 |latNS=S
longd=29 |longm=22 |longs=00 |longEW=E
elevation_m = 774
website = http://www.villedebujumbura.org/
footnotes = Bujumbura (pronEng|ˌbuːdʒəmˈbuːrə) is the
capital cityof Burundi. The city lies at the northeastern corner of Lake Tanganyikaand, with an estimated population of 300,000 in 1994, is Burundi's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic center. Manufactures include textilesand soap. Bujumbura is Burundi's main port and ships most of the country's chief export, coffee, as well as cotton, skins, and tinore.
The city center is a colonial town with a large
market, the national stadium, a large mosque, and the cathedralfor the Archdiocese of Bujumbura. Museums in the city include the Burundi Museum of Lifeand the Burundi Geological Museum. Other nearby attractions include the Rusizi National Park, the Livingstone-Stanley Monument at Mugere (where David Livingstoneand Henry Morton Stanleyvisited 14 days after their first historic meeting at Ujijiin Tanzania), and the source of the southernmost tributaryof the Nile, described locally as the source of the Nile.
Ferries sail from Bujumbura to
Kigomain Tanzania, while the city is also home to the Bujumbura International Airportand the University of Bujumbura.
The city is also where a lot of the
Disneymovie "George of the Jungle" is supposed to take place (though the film's location bears very little resemblance to the real city).
Bujumbura grew from a small village after it became a military post in
German East Africain 1889. After World War Iit was made the administrative center of the Belgian League of Nationsmandate of Ruanda-Urundi. The city's name was changed from Usumbura to Bujumbura when Burundi became independent in 1962. Since independence, Bujumbura has been the scene of frequent fighting between the country's two main ethnic groups, with Hutumilitias opposing the Tutsi-dominated Burundi army.
Bujumbura is governed by a community council and community administrator. It is further divided into 13 "communes", or neighborhoods, each with its own neighborhood council and neighborhood boss. [ [http://www.villedebujumbura.org/spip.php?article3 L’administration de la Municipalité de Bujumbura, official city website] ]
* [http://www.villedebujumbura.org/ Official Website of Bujumbura]
* [http://www.villedebujumbura.org/images/carte_de_bujumbura.gifMap of Bujumbura]
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