“La vie est cher” – most people in Burundi complain about life having become expensive. It’s hardest on those who haven’t had much to live off to begin with. Whether it’s farmers, retail dealers or haulage contractors: Everybody has to work hard to maybe afford a plate of corn mush with beans for dinner. A family member getting sick can quickly lead to financial disaster.
In comparison to 2006, most prices have doubled and some even tripled. Speculations with aliment on the other side of the earth have led to this explosion of prices. Also responsible are the loss in value of the Burundian Franc in comparison to the Euro and the devastating fire at the central market in the capital Bujumbura, which is the economic lung of Burundi.