Over the last year and a half, some 300,000 Burundians have fled their homeland to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
So far, this unfolding refugee crisis and the escalating political situation in Burundi have received little attention in the mainstream media.
Violent clashes between protestors and police began in Burundi in April 2015 when incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intension to run for a third term – a move deemed unconstitutional by his opponents.
Map shows the extent of the damaged districts/wards from the Earthquake with terrain. This is primarily a reference map with villages, road and river displayed to show context and potential issues with distribution of aid.
Map of the Kagera Region showing the Number of damaged classrooms
Map shows the percentage of damaged houses based on major damage to buildings in: Wards: Bukoba Rural; Bukoba Urban; Kagerwa: Missenyi Districts: Kyerwa; Muleba
* Data was only collected at District level for Kyerwa & Muleba
On 10 September, Kagera Region in northwestern Tanzania was struck by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake resulting in at least 17 deaths and over 250 injuries.
Due to a shortfall in funding, WFP will reduce rations under the refugee operation as early as November. If funds are not received immediately, WFP’s assistance will be disrupted in 2017. WFP has launched a funding appeal to development partners. The funding requirement over the next six months is USD 20.9 million.
Tanzania - IOM and Tanzania’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), (through the National Anti-Trafficking Secretariat) will tomorrow launch standard operating procedures for protecting, assisting and referring trafficked children and safe family-reunification guidelines for child victims of trafficking in Tanzania.
- 311,083 New Burundian refugees in asylum countries since April 2015 as of 31 August 2016.
USD 180.6 million requested for the overall situation through UNHCR's Supplementary Appeal (January-December 2016)
Burundi: Implementation of emergency response to vulnerable populations through activities funded by CERF and protection / monitoring of spontaneous returnees
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude hit North West Tanzania on Saturday 10th September, 2016, about 44 km from Bukoba town, on the western shore of Lake Victoria. The earthquake struck at around 15:27 local time East African time (12:27 GMT).
• Since mid-September, Uganda, eastern DRC, and southeastern South Sudan received above normal rainfall amounts, which helped ease prolonged dryness.
• In central and southern Ethiopia, particularly in SNNPR and central and eastern Oromia, below-average seasonal rains have persisted.
This has resulted in poor cropping conditions in these areas.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
WASHINGTON -- Today as leaders and experts from around the world gather in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual World Food Prize, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced impressive progress toward achieving the goals of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative. The initiative's annual progress report notes that since the start of the initiative, poverty has dropped up to 36 percent in many areas where Feed the Future works and child stunting -- a measure of malnutrition -- has dropped by as much as 40 percent.
The Joint Damage and Needs Assessment Report is the outcome of the request from the Prime Minister’s Office to the United Nation Resident Coordinator in Tanzania to support the government in various areas on emergency response following the devastating earthquake which occurred in Kagera region on 10 September, 2016.
As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.
Facts & Figures
Over 295 000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries since April 2015:
- 157 700 in Tanzania
- 81 500 in Rwanda
- 28 500 in DRC
- 28 200 in Uganda (as of 1st January 2015) (source: UNHCR)
61 000 internally displaced people in Burundi (source: IOM)
Burundi ranks 184th out of 187 in the UN’s Human Development Index
Child mortality: 104/1000 or 12th highest in the world (UNICEF)