Insecurity forces thousands of Burundian refugees in Eastern DRC to flee to Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 2,500 Burundians living in different camps in South Kivu in Eastern Democratic Républic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday crossed the border into Rwanda, citing lack of food and security in their different locations, a senior local administrative official in the region confirmed Thursday to PANA in Kigali

This information has been corroborated by the Bureau of the country representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda.

The Mayor of Rusizi, a district located in Southwestern Rwanda, Frederic Harerimana, explained that thousands Burundians crossed the border with Rwanda from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since Wednesday morning and the numbers keep growing.

The senior official said that on Wednesday alone more than 2,500 newcomers were registered in way stations along the border with DR Congo.

In a separate development, Amnesty International has warned, in its latest report, that thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture,

According to the latest report, released in September 2017, the rights group said that the Burundi government has been pressing refugees to return.

“While the Burundian government says all is well and urges refugees to return, more Burundians continue to flee the country due to repression and insecurity,” said Rachel Nicholson, Amnesty International’s Burundi researcher.

"The Burundi authorities would like the world to turn their attention away from the human rights violations and abuses being committed in the country."

According to UNHCR, Rwanda is also home to more than 81,000 Burundian refugees, over 70,000 of whom live in Mahama camp in the east, with others stay in Kigali and other urban areas.

The prolonged political crisis in Burundi has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country and prompted more and more Burundian people to flee into neighboring countries for safety and security.
-0- PANA TWA/VAO 8March2018

08 mars 2018 15:19:04




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