Rwanda: Burundians in Rwanda refugee camp hit 50,000

Rwanda (PANA) - The number of refugees who fled Burundi and took shelter in Mahama, one of the largest refugee camps in southeastern Rwanda, has reached 50,712, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kigali.

"UN agency and partners are (currently) working hard to construct durable shelters for everyone," the statement posted on the twitter account of UNHCR bureau in Kigali said.

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

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 respectively. These people fled their country one year after election-related tensions.

Official figures indicate that more than 500 people have been killed since protests against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's third presidential term erupted in April. Nearly 4,000 have been arrested in the political crisis.

In a latest report issued by the US-based NGO, Genocide Watch, experts have warned that a genocide was under preparation in Burundi arguing that the United Nations may be too late to prevent it.

"The UN Security Council should take up the issue – again – and specifically authorise the AU to take action. Under Chapter 8 of the UN charter, the AU does not have to wait for the UN for such authorisation – the bloc can legally take action before the UN even authorises it," Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, was quoted as saying.
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23 august 2016 09:59:19

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