Tanzania appeals for help to manage refugees

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government of Tanzania has petitioned the international community to help it manage thousands of refugees currently in the country.
Home Affairs minister Mohamed Seif Khatib launched the appeal Wednesday on the occasion of Africa Refugee Day.
The OAU so designated 20 June following the signing of the organisation's 1969 Convention governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa.
"Given our meagre resources, that burden is too heavy to carry," Khatib said adding that international assistance was also required in mitigating adverse effects posed by the refugees, particularly to the environment.
Tanzania currently hosts more than 800,000 refugees from the Great Lakes region and has always argued that every member of the community of nations should contribute in shouldering their impact, including an increase in crime rate, environmental degradation, destruction of roads and a decrease in the capability of the host government in delivering social services.

20 june 2001 09:45:00




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