Tanzania: Tension in Burundi drives more refugees to Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite the inauguration of Pierre Nkurunziza for his third term as President of Burundi last month, tension still grips the country's political landscape as more of its citizens flee to Tanzania, official sources here confirmed Wednesday.

"We are receiving a big number of refugees everyday who exceed our camp’s holding capacity,” said Sospeter Boyo, manager of Nyarugusu refugee camp in the northwestern Kigoma Region of Tanzania.

Currently, Boyo told journalists, refugees were arriving in Tanzania on foot through border locations of Manyovu, Kilelema, Kitanga and Kigadia instead of crossing Lake Tanganyika as they did earlier this year.

According to the official, Nyarugusu camp was receiving between 450 and 500 refugees from Burundi daily.

He said the refugee population at the camp had bulged from 65,000 to 94,000 within a short span of time.

"This poses a security risk within the camp," Boyo said, noting that the immediate challenge the refugees face was the lack of food and other basic needs including water.

Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tanzania Alvaro Rodriguez has described the current refugee situation as an indication of fear in Burundi, despite efforts made by the international community to restore public confidence.

“It is clear that the international community should do more to assist Burundi so that its people can have trust in themselves and work to ensure an open political dialogue in the country,” he said.
-0- PANA AR/SEG 2Sept2015

02 september 2015 09:13:05

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