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Fairfield, Conn. (July 3, 2015) — The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday, July 1, announced in Dar es Salaam that it was expecting the number of Burundian refugees in Tanzania to increase from the current 70,000 to between 250,000 and 500,000 as a result of the continued volatile situation related to the presidential elections in Burundi, scheduled to be held on July 15.
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DAR ES SALAAM, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The short video that Matilda Kasele plays on her phone shows water rushing into her house, submerging all her belongings.
Those images are all that she and her family have left of their home after a barrage of floods in May destroyed the building and all their belongings.
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By Eliane Luthi
Responding to an outbreak of cholera among Burundians who fled to Tanzania, UNICEF helps health workers track and monitor new cases through mobile phone technology.
KABONGA, Burundi, 1 July 2015 – “It was on the Monday that we came back that she started to feel sick,” remembers Uziya Nyabenda, speaking of her daughter, Esta. “On Wednesday she began having heavy diarrhea and vomiting, so we brought her to the health centre. I suspected it was cholera – and I was afraid.”
By Caroline Haga, Finnish Red Cross
“There have been so many stories that have really touched our hearts,” says Zuleka Aiden, Tanzania Red Cross Society staff member, who has heard countless accounts of the Burundi refugees’ difficult journeys to safety.
Tanzania has been the host to hundreds of thousands of Rwandese, Burundians and Congolese refugees. Currently there are about 65,000 refugees from DRC, in Nyarugusu camp. Tanzania Red Cross Society provides comprehensive health services (preventive and curative) to the refugees in Nyarugusu camp and the host communities. The Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) has been running the camp based health facilities/clinics in Nyarugusu camp for over 10 years.
· Over 6,000 Burundians arrived into Tanzania over this past weekend ahead of parliamentary elections in Burundi. This brings the total influx of new Burundian refugees into Tanzania since end-April to over 66,000, making the need to identify a location for a new camp even more imminent.
· Discussions on this between UNHCR and the Government of Tanzania continue. Total population at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp currently stands at 132,000, well beyond the camp’s capacity.
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GENEVA, June 30 (UNHCR) – Nearly 10,000 Burundian refugees fled into neighbouring countries over the weekend before the Central African country closed its borders on Sunday ahead of parliamentary elections the following day, the UN refugee agency said.
UNHCR said that according to the Burundian authorities the border would remain closed for 48 hours, "as was usual practice" during elections.
"Refugees now have to use informal border crossings through the forest to leave the country," UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva.
NYARUGUSU REFUGEE CAMP, Tanzania, June 29, (UNHCR) – More than 6,000 refugees fleeing Burundi have crossed over into Tanzania in the last three days, taking to over 66,000 the total number of refugees who have arrived from its central African neighbour since May 1, according to the UN refugee agency.
UNHCR reports that on Sunday (June 28) alone it registered over 3,000 refugees, 1,000 of them at the Manyovu border point.
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 3,664,539 to enable the IFRC to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 90,000 people with a focus on the sectors of emergency health, water, sanitation, hygiene promotion, emergency shelter, disaster preparedness and National Society capacity building. It also extends the implementation timeframe to 9 months and will now end by 15 February 2016.
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.
NYARUGUSU REFUGEE CAMP, Tanzania, June 26 (UNHCR) – More than 100,000 refugees have been vaccinated against cholera in a major initiative to prevent a repeat outbreak of the epidemic which killed 31 people last month in northwestern Tanzania.
Twenty five temporary vaccination sites were set up in Nyarugusu camp, northwestern Tanzania, to conduct the exercise from June 20-23. The campaign targeted the entire camp population of 120,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
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A ShelterBox response team is currently in Tanzania to assess how we can support refugee camps as political violence in neighbouring Burundi causes 120,000 people to flee the country.
Burundi was thrown into turmoil when the president of the East African country made a bid for a third five-year term in office, which is said to be a violation of the peace deal that ended 13 years of civil war in 2006. This announcement has caused massive political unrest, leading to more than 70 people being killed and hundreds more wounded in opposition protests.
· The number of new Burundian refugees in Tanzania is now over 58,000 according to the latest UNHCR data. This brings the total camp population to over 124,000, which is much beyond its current capacity. Discussions between the Government and UNHCR regarding a new location continue.
· Since the start of the crisis, WFP has distributed a cumulative total of 1,365 mt of food commodities to over 58,000 new Burundian refugees in the form of dry rations, hot meals, ready to eat snack and supplementary food.
By Caroline Haga, Finnish Red Cross
“I was born on a refugee camp here in Tanzania in 1984. This is already my third time fleeing my home country,” Ndayisimiye Mathias tells us wearily. He is one of the thousands of Burundi refugees waiting to be assigned their own tents at the Nyarugusu refugee camp.
Director-General meets Rabobank board to enlarge FAO’s flagship partnership
22 June, 2015, Utrecht - FAO and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa.
"This is a flagship partnership for FAO," Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said in an address today to the foodFIRST conference here, which this year is focused on the future of farming and food security in Africa.
Some 115,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees living in Tanzania will be vaccinated against cholera in a mass campaign carried out by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this month. A cholera outbreak was declared in mid-May when thousands of Burundian refugees fleeing political unrest streamed into the camp, almost doubling its size. According to official figures, 3,086 cases and 34 deaths have been reported in Tanzania to date.