This region is home to a population of 239 million.* As much as these countries have in common, so, too, do they differ; in fact, even within a single nation there may be as many as a hundred different cultures, dozens of languages and very distinct views of their national identity. East Africa has been deeply impacted by AIDS, resulting in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates and lower population growth rates. Civil wars and terrorism also impact several of the countries deeply. Much of East Africa claims Christianity as its faith, followed by indigenous religions and Islam.
*Source: Operation World