Rwanda: 262,027 Burundians flood neighbouring countries to escape electoral violence

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A total of 262,027 Burundian refugees fleeing electoral violence in their country have arrived in neighbouring countries, including Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), since last year's electoral violence in the Central African nation, according to the latest report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), received Monday by PANA in Kigali.

According to the report, Tanzania is hosting the highest number of Burundian refugees, estimated at 138,440, who fled their homes villages since  the outbreak of violence in late May 2015

It said that another 76,404 Burundians fled to neighbouring Rwanda while Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are currently hosting 23,773 and 22,204 refugees respectfully. These people fled their country one year after election-related tensions.

Official figures indicate that at least 400 people have been killed since protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third presidential term erupted in April, and nearly 4,000 have been arrested in the political crisis.
-0- PANA TWA/VAO 16May2016

16 may 2016 13:09:52

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