About Tanzania

In 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the country of Tanzania. Tanzania is a republic and the official language is Kiswahili or Swahili. The country is slightly larger than twice the size of Texas and has an estimated 39,385,000 people.

Tanzania is a peaceful country, which has taken in refugees from many countries such as the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and other countries that have been in conflict. It is considered one of the poorest countries in the world. Tanzania has to deal with disease, poverty and a poor economy, which has left hundreds homeless, and thousands without food, clothing and shelter. Pastor Rejoice Ndalima says “the government is doing it’s best with the limited funds they receive. They need assistance to care for their own people and the refugees who come into the country.”

The Tanzanian life expectancy is about 50 years old; infant mortality is 72 deaths per 1000 and rising, largely as a result of the spread of HIV/AIDS. There are 1.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS and an estimated 160,000 die from the disease each year. HIV/AIDS is devastating the region. About 12% of all children in this region are orphans because they have lost their parents to AIDS. Other disease the people of Tanzania face in addition to HIV/AIDS are; malaria, Hepatitis A and typhoid just to name a few.

Even though the Tanzanians have a hard life they are a very loving people and are very proud of their country. They have beautiful national parks where elephants, water buffalo, giraffes, zebras, lions and many more animals can be seen. Tanzania also has the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro and three of the largest lakes on the continent; Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa.

The religions in Tanzania are Christianity, Islam, and some indigenous beliefs.