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24 May 2016 description


Almost 139,000 Burundian refugees have crossed over into Tanzania since April 2015. Combined with a pre-influx population of about 65,000, the total refugee population stands at over 203,000.

The average arrival rate in April was 113 individuals per day. All new arrivals are transported to Mtendeli Refugee

Situation Update

24 May 2016 description

The 10th annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) takes place from 23 to 25 May 2016. The crisis in Burundi and the mandate of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which expires at the end of May, are expected to be on the agenda.

Broader issues such as the coordination between African non-permanent members of the UNSC and relations between the two councils are also expected to be raised.

23 May 2016 description

56% Of refugees in Uganda are under the age of eighteen

120,208 Refugees and asylum-seekers living in Adjumani Refugee Settlement, Uganda’s largest settlement

2% Of refugees in Uganda are elderly (over the age of 60)

25,873 Refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in Uganda in the first two months of 2016

Solutions Outlook

23 May 2016 description


  • The trend of Burundian new arrivals seeking safety, protection and assistance in Uganda continued to decrease this week. In Nakivale, a total of 35 new Burundian new arrivals were received at the settlement compared to 54 as previously reported. Of these 15 (all male) arrived through Katuna, 16 (11 Male and 5 Female) arrived through Mirama Hills and 4 (3 male and 1 Female) were received through Mutukula border. Majority of the new arrivals (21) walked to the reception centre while 14 were transported by AIRD from the borders.

22 May 2016 description
report EastAfrican


  • The expulsions have further soured relations between the two neighbours, with Rwandan officials accusing Bujumbura of ‘politicising’ the ongoing exercise to ensure foreigners living in Rwanda get proper documents.

  • The expulsions are the latest development in the uneasy relations between Rwanda and Burundi in two weeks, following a UN report that once again accused Kigali of backing rebels seeking to topple President Pierre Nkurunziza. Rwanda dismissed the UN expert’s report, which came out last week.

21 May 2016 description

Arusha, Tanzania | AFP | Saturday 5/21/2016 - 13:24 GMT

Peace talks aimed at solving Burundi's year-long crisis resumed on Saturday in Tanzania, but with the opposition barred from the meeting, there was little hope it would help strike a deal.

The talks in the northern town of Arusha brought together Burundian government officials, diplomats and civil society representatives.

But key opposition umbrella group CNARED was not invited.

21 May 2016 description
report EastAfrican

The East African Community needs more than $700 million to cater for refugees this year, even as the political instability in Burundi continues to add to the number of displaced people in the region.

Estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) show that Kenya leads the region with an estimated annual budget of $370 million for the more than 600,000 refugees living in camps in the country.

20 May 2016 description

The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 60,000.

20 May 2016 description

Addis Abeba, Ethiopie | AFP | vendredi 20/05/2016 - 09:28 GMT |

L'Union africaine (UA) a appelé vendredi au déploiement d'une force de police internationale au Burundi en conclusion d'un rapport sur les violations des droits de l'homme dans ce pays depuis le début de la crise il y a plus d'un an.

"En plus d'augmenter le nombre d'observateurs militaires et des droits de l'homme de l'Union africaine (au Burundi), le déploiement d'une force de police internationale est nécessaire", écrivent les experts de l'UA.

20 May 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Friday 5/20/2016 - 08:52 GMT

An African Union human rights report called on Friday for an international police force and more military and rights observers to be sent to troubled Burundi.

The AU rights investigators said it was "necessary that, apart from strengthening AU human rights monitors and military observers, an international police mission is deployed."

Last year the AU proposed a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force but the pan-African bloc buckled in the face of opposition from Bujumbura.

19 May 2016 description

Burundi Red Cross volunteers are working hard to erect tents for those affected by flooding in the Gatumba Zone. This area of ​​ Mutimbuzi commune in Bujumbura-Rural province is currently under effects of overflowing of the Rusizi river. 755 households are currently homeless are 4179 people including 1488 students and 990 children under 5 years.

19 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Par Sarah Pilchick & Eliane Luthi

« Si nous sommes unis, nous pouvons développer notre pays. Si nous sommes divisés, nous n’accomplirons rien. »

RUMONGE, Burundi, 13 mai 2016 – En apparence, la ville de Rumonge ressemble à n’importe quelle autre cité portuaire pittoresque. Située sur les rives du lac Tanganyika, elle est principalement connue pour ses activités de pêche et de commerce. Mais, comme pour de nombreuses autres localités du Burundi, une autre histoire se dessine.