(Xinhua) -- Widespread poverty has
prevented the Burundians from celebrating Easter Sunday in
style, the most important holiday on the Christian calendar that
marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Most people met
in shops and marketplaces in the east African country’s capital
Bujumbura said their limited budget has ruled out buying meat
and refreshments—food items that people buy on special occasions
such as Easter.
"Life has become too hard. It is difficult to get money
because there is no business.
"Before, we could buy some kilograms of meat and celebrate.
"But now we just go to pray, and if we get potatoes, we thank
|That’s all," Clovis Nizigiyimana, a cell-phone airtime
Sellers of food items also said that fewer clients bought
food items like meat because it is expensive.
"A kilogram of boneless meat is 8,500 Burundi francs (5 U.S.
"We used to have clients at special days like Easter,
Christmas or New Year, but this time very few are coming to buy
meat," said Francois Niyibigira, who sells meat at Bujumbura
Philippe Baragunzwa, a secondary school teacher said that he
is unable to celebrate Easter because he has used up his entire
"There is no special meal or drinks planned for Easter.
"We are going to eat what we usually take.
"We will eat rice and beans.
"There’s no money.
"The political and economic situation Burundi is facing these
days is bad," he said.
Leonie Niyonzima, an accountant working for a private company
said that he will not celebrate as he has to pay hospital fees
for his family members.
Over 80 percent of Burundians are Christians while some 20
percent are Muslims.
Burundi has been facing a political and economic crisis
following the controversial third term bid of President Pierre
Nkurunziza in April 2015.