Summary of WFP assistance:
While Tanzania has a fast growing economy, this is predominantly an urban phenomenon. A vast majority of Tanzanians reside in rural areas and rely on subsistence level farming, which renders them vulnerable to climatic, economic and seasonal shocks. WFP runs a Country Programme in food insecure areas of the country and a Refugee Operation in north western Tanzania.
On 8th October the relocation of Burundian refugees from overcrowded Nyarugusu camp and transfer of new asylum seekers from entry points to newly established Nduta camp has started. As of 22nd October Nduta hosted some 11,097 persons against a planned capacity of 35,000 refugees.
Preparations for a third camp, Mtendeli, are progressing (planned capacity of 25,000 refugees).
Expected date for opening is 09 Nov.
§ The Government of Tanzania has identified two new sites (Nduta and Mtendeli) to relocate an estimated 50,000 Burundian refugees (35,000 in Nduta and an initial 15,000 in Mtendeli). The relocation is due to start on October 7th, 2015.
- More than 95,707 Burundian refugees have arrived in Tanzania since early May 2015 and are living in Nyarugusu camp.
- A total of 1,769 refugees arrived in Tanzania between 15th and 21st September; the most used entry points are Buhigwe, Kakongo, and Ngara.
- The average daily rate of arrivals into Tanzania is below 250 individuals.
- As of 21th September, Nyarugusu camp is host to 161,121 refugees mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Tanzania government has given a green light for UNHCR to conduct an assessment of three identified sites in two districts of Kibondo (Nduta) and Kakonko (Karago and Mtendeli). All the three sites were used for refugee camps in the past years.
6000 families are still in mass shelters while all 16 schools that were used for mass shelters have been emptied and learning will resume in the coming few days.
More than 85,694 Burundian refugees have arrived in Tanzania since early May 2015 and are living in Nyarugusu camp.
A total of 1,288 refugees arrived in Tanzania between 11th August and 17th August; the most used entry points are Buhigwe, Kakongo, and Ngara.
The average daily rate of arrivals into Tanzania is below 250 individuals.
As of 21th August, Nyarugusu camp is host to 151,651 refugees mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since March 2015, socio-political tensions have been rising in Burundi ahead of various election processes. The Presidential elections, postponed several times and finally held on 21 July, were considered a critical milestone for the long-term peace and stability of the country. Although this election took place without major incidents, continuing tension between the Government and the opposition has marred the political landscape and polarized the limited political space.
By Anne Boher
Temporary learning spaces in a refugee camp provide an environment where children can keep up their schoolwork and regain the sense of stability they have lost.
KIGOMA, United Republic of Tanzania, 12 August 2015 – As he talks about his love for school and his friends, Levis grins widely. It was just a few weeks ago, however, that the 15-year-old and his family were forced to leave their home in Burundi to seek safety in northern Tanzania.
UNICEF is revising its Response plan and the Humanitarian Action for Children to realign it with the revised RRRP that has a new target of 150,000 instead of 75,000.
The UNICEF Representative and several Dar es Salaam based officers are visiting the refugee camp this week to provide support for the scale up of learning initiative for Burundian children.
Expansion of learning centres helped increase the number of learning hours from two to four hours per day.
REGIONAL STRATEGIC OVERVIEW
UNICEF successfully conducted the Social Mobilization activities for the Oral Cholera Vaccination campaign which included a rapid screening of children
To decongest mass shelters, authorities designated additional space in Nyaragusu camp as a residence area. This area, named Zone 8, will accommodate up to 9000 people.
UN agencies adopted 150,000 as a new planning figure of refugees expected to reach Tanzania in the Emergency Response Plan.
24th July 2015 - The number of separated, unaccompanied, and often traumatised, Burundian children arriving at the remote Nyarugusu refugee camp in western Tanzania is thought to have risen sharply from around 1,600 at the end of May, to more than 2,600 by 19th July.
Kasulu, Tanzania 21 Jul 2015 - The International Rescue committee is braced to help thousands of Burundian refugees expected to cross the border into Tanzania in coming days as they flee violence linked to today’s contested presidential election. Since Friday more than 1,150 Burundians have arrived at the main refugee camp in northern Tanzania.
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Kasulu, Tanzania (July 21, 2015) — Acute child malnutrition cases in Nyarugusu refugee camp on the border of Tanzania and Burundi are reaching critical levels, with the settlement’s specialist therapeutic unit for severely malnourished children now flooded with new cases.
In one day alone, more than 30 malnourished Burundian children were admitted and showing secondary complications including malaria, pneumonia, worms, anemia and diarrhea. At least four known deaths of malnourished infants have been recorded so far.
Feed the Children’s four-pillar approach to community development does more than provide food—it teaches and empowers children, parents, care providers, and their communities to reverse malnutrition and defeat hunger. The four pillars of our child-focused community-development program are Food & Nutrition, Health & Water, Education, and Livelihoods.
By mid-June, 55,000 refugees had crossed the northwest border of Tanzania since the beginning of May 2015 fleeing violence and political turmoil in Burundi, with reports of up to 200 new arrivals crossing each day. Children make up to 60 per cent of the refugee population and have been uprooted from school, subject to violence and separation from their families, and are suffering from increased illness due to the lack of basic health care, water and sanitation facilities. A cholera outbreak struck during the rapid influx, resulting in over 4,000 cases with 31 deaths as of 03 June.
Burundian refugees continue to flee to Tanzania and neighbouring countries, with around 75 to 100 new refugees arriving in Tanzania each day via various land border points.
Following the closure of the transit centre at the football stadium, Nyaragusu Camp now hosts 51,000 refugees from the recent Burundi influx as well as an additional 50,000 refugees from DRC who have been in the camp for up to 20 years. Space for new arrivals inNyaragusu camp continues to be a challenge.
Refugees from Burundi have been arriving at the Northwest borders of Tanzania since the beginning of May as they flee violence and political turmoil in Burundi. As of 19 May, UNHCR reported an estimated 63,653 Burundi refugees have reached Tanzania and its borders seeking shelter and safety. Of concern is the 35,000 refugees living in rough conditions in the lakeside village of Kagunga awaiting to be transported to the established camp.