Staple food prices have been above average since May, likely due to 18 percent below-average production for 2014/15. The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has been selling maize in deficit markets since June. Prices are not expected to increase substantially, as maize will likely continue to be exported into the Greater Horn of Africa, but not to southern Africa.
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.
· To date nearly 87,000 new Burundian refugees have arrived into Tanzania since end-April, according to UNHCR reports. Among countries in the Great Lakes Region, Tanzania has received the highest number of refugees. Currently all refugees are hosted at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, bringing the total refugee population residing there to 152,000. This makes Nyarugusu one of the largest single location refugee camps in world.
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.
By Kizito Makoye
ILALASIMBA, Tanzania, Aug 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yolanda Ngunda has every reason to smile now she holds a title deed recognising her as sole owner of a disputed plot of rugged farmland in Tanzania's remote southern highlands.
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To date, some 84,000 new Burundian refugees have been accommodated at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp since the end of April, bringing the total refugee population to 150,000. This makes Nyarugusu Refugee Camp one of the largest camps in the world.
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.
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 David Fogden, IFRC
The Tanzania Red Cross Society is adopting new open source technology to better understand and assist communities affected by disaster. In Shinyanga province, Red Cross volunteers are using mobile phone surveys to gauge the appropriateness of items distributed to people who lost homes and livelihoods during severe hail storms in March 2015.
Mwanzo Bora seeks to improve maternal and child healthcare practices in the areas of antenatal care, exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding. A qualitative study in March 2015 showed that the PSAs produced by local radio stations with the support of BBC Media Action contributed to increasing knowledge on the importance of the recommended practices, to shift attitudes, especially amongst key influencers in the household, and resulted in positive shifts in uptake.
By Marla Pierson Lester
Aug. 14, 2015
AKRON, Pa. – In a Mennonite church in the rural Tanzanian village of Chitare packed with some 180 people, workshop facilitator Specioza Kifutu guided the crowd in voicing what they’ve heard about those living with albinism – an inherited condition where people lack pigmentation or coloration in their skin, hair and eyes.
The answers were chilling. “The hair of an albino will bless a family.” “If you are touched by an albino, you will become one.” “Why bury albinos? They disappear anyway.”
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Thursday 8/13/2015 - 12:59 GMT
The United Nations in Tanzania called for calm Thursday saying it was "highly unlikely" a Burundian refugee who died after bleeding from his eyes and ears had Ebola.
World Health Organization (WHO) experts have examined the death of the man on August 10, after he fell sick in a Burundian refugee camp in Tanzania's northwestern Kigoma region.
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.