Some 10,000 Burundian refugees return home

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 10,000 Burundian refugees have returned home in the last four months, mostly from neighbouring Tanzania, said an official source in Bujumbura.
The Burundian Press Agency (ABP) reported that 4,000 voluntary refugees were repatriated from Gisuru in the eastern province of Ruyigi, and about 3,900 from Kobero (northeast), whereas 1,680 refugees had arrived from Makamba (south) and 45 returned through the UNHCR Office.
The figures of the ministry in charge of resettling the refugees show that 221,000 exiles have returned home between 1996 and 2000.
Out of this figure, 116,000 people came from the DR CONGO, more than 97,000 from Tanzania, 8,700 from Rwanda, five from Cameroon, one from Benin, seven from Zambia, 17 from Kenya, seven from Mozambique, 21 from Congo Brazzaville, two from Guinea Conakry and two from South Africa.
Among the returnees, there were 8,000 expelled from their host countries, including 3,000 from Rwanda, 4,500 from Tanzania and 286 from the DR Congo.
Still remaining in neighbouring countries are 600,000 refugees, including 500,000 in Tanzania.
Of the refugees in Tanzania, more than 200,000 of them have been there since the first 1972 civil war.
These are fully integrated in the Tanzanian society and are free from UNHCR assistance, ABP said.

17 may 2001 21:45:00

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