Monday, 11 May 2015

How the Burundian economy is being damaged by the clashes

- People are being injured or killed.
- People are leaving the country.
- People are staying off work.
- Customers are staying away from businesses.
- Hospital bills are being incurred.
- Education is being disrupted.
- Infrastructure is being damaged.
- Business property is being damaged or destroyed.
- Security forces are being paid extra, at least for equipment and fuel and probably overtime, for a non-productive activity.
- Donors are withholding funds.
- Investors are almost certainly going to avoid the country.

All this has happened after two weeks, and the clashes haven't become a full conflict.

Burundi's income per person in 2014 is around US$800 per year in purchasing power, so the inevitable fall in income due to the crisis will be likely to result in an increase in preventable deaths from diarrhea, malaria, and other diseases of poverty.

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