DODOMA, TANZANIA – The XPRIZE Foundation with the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a new partnership for the US$15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE – a five-year competition challenging teams to develop open-source software that will enable children with limited access to schooling to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.
While efforts continue to ensure sufficient water supply to support Mtendeli and Karago camps, it is anticipated that the potential water supply can support 50,000 refugees between the two camps. Any increase in refugee population beyond 50,000 combined in Mtendeli and Karago will be guided by expert opinion on underground potential. Meanwhile the district authorities are negotiating with the local farmers to retrieve the land in Mtendeli camp under agricultural use by the local community.
Relocations from Nyarugusu Camp
During the reporting period an average of 138 Burundian refugees arrived per day. This represents a significant decrease from the past weeks. Interviews held with new arrivals indicate that there has been an increase in military patrols in the border areas inside Burundi and this has resulted in a decrease in the number of arrivals.
Opening of Karago Camp
Meeting with District Commissioners on agricultural land
The pattern of new arrivals during the reporting period was characterized by mainly male refugees arriving at the camps, which could be a result of potential fear among young males to remain in Burundi and risk intimidation and persecution. The change in pattern of arrivals will be monitored during the next few weeks by interviewing arrivals to better understand the causes.
Total affected population: 280,000
Total affected children (under 18): 151,200
Total people to be reached in 2016: 165,120
Total children to be reached in 2016: 104,500
2016 programme targets
• 2,860 children under 5 years suffering from SAM admitted to therapeutic feeding programmes (as per Sphere Standards for programme coverage and programme performance)
• 55,000 children under 5 years provided with vitamin A supplementation
Summary of WFP assistance:
Situation in numbers
122,626 refugees have arrived from Burundi since May 2015 (UNHCR – as of 29th December 2015).
188,037 Total refugee (pre and post 2015 influx) population in Nyarugusu and Nduta camps plus transit (UNHCR – as of 24th December 2015)
4,419 Unaccompanied and Separated Children
39,000 (est.) School aged Burundi refugee children in Tanzania
US $5.6m UNICEF 2015 funding gap
More than 116,596 Burundian refugees have arrived in Tanzania since early May 2015 and are living in Nyarugusu camp.
A total of 1,450 refugees arrived in Tanzania between 6th -12th December; the most used entry points are Mabamba, Manyovu, Kilelema, Kitanga, Bihalu and Bukiriro - The average daily rate of arrivals into Tanzania during the week was below 250 individuals. All new arrivals are now received at Nduta camp.
The civil unrest in Burundi has led to an outflow of over 210,000 refugees (as of 31 October 2015) to neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, and as far away as Uganda and Zambia. It started in Bujumbura in April 2015, with a peak in June, ahead of the contested Presidential election that took place on 21 July 2015. Since then, a tense political crisis and a climate of fear and intimidation have spread throughout the country.
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.