An East African kingdom (formerly a British protectorate, 1893-1962), an independent state since 1962. The equator runs through its southern part. It has an area of 93,981 square miles (243,410 square kilometers) and a population (1994) of approximately 19.8 million. The population is made up of various tribes, including Bantu, Nilotic, and Nilo-Hamitic groups. Agriculture is the principal occupation of the people, bananas being one of the staple articles of diet. The two principal export crops are cotton and coffee. More than 70 percent of the people profess Christianity; the rest are either Muslim or animist. The country is bounded on the north by the Sudan, on the east by Kenya, on the south by Lake Victoria, Tanzania, and Rwanda, and on the west by Zaire. Seventh-day Adventist Statisti...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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