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Tanzania 2016



Jamhuri ya Muungano 
wa Tanzania
Eastern Africa

Area 947K km²

Arable 12%

Population 49.6M (50/km²)

Gov’t Republic

Capital Dodoma (410K)

GCP/capita $1,700

In poverty 36%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 30%

Life expectancy 61 yrs

Infant Mortality 44/1K live births


Literacy 68%

Languages Kiswahili, Kiunguja, 
English, Arabic, other

Religions Muslim, Christian, indigenous beliefs

Labor Force Agriculture 80%, industry and services 20%

PCVs 1961–1969, 1971–present CURRENT: 198, TTD: 2,620; education, agriculture, health

Adult Books

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African SavannaFacing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna
Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton with Herman J. Viola, 2003, YA

Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
Format: Paperback, 128 pages
ISBN-10: 0792272978 / ISBN-13: 978-0792272977

Synopsis: Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American readers a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads, whose livelihood centers on the raising and grazing of cattle. Readers share Lekuton's first encounter with a lion, the epitome of bravery in the warrior tradition. They follow his mischievous antics as a young Maasai cattle herder, coming-of-age initiation, boarding school escapades, soccer success, and journey to America for college. Lekuton's riveting text combines exotic details of nomadic life with the universal experience and emotions of a growing boy.

Kids' Books

My Rows and Piles of CoinsMy Rows and Piles of Coins
Tololwa M. Mollel, illus E. B. Lewis, 1999, AGES 4–8

Publisher Clarion Books, NY
Format 32 pp
ISBN 0-395-75186-1

Synopsis: A Tanzanian boy saves his coins to buy a bicycle so that he can help his parents carry goods to market, but then he discovers that in spite of all he has saved, he still does not have enough money.


Film: Maangamizi: The Ancient One
Director: Martin Mhando and Ron Mulvihill, 2001
Languages: Swahili | English

Educational: Chumo (YouTube full-length)
Director: Jordan Riber, 2011
Languages: Swahili (English subtitles)


Ashimba: Uta Maduni

Ashimba: Kilimanjaro

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