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15 Mar 2018 description


231,928 Burundians who arrived in Tanzania since April 2015

119,358 Burundian population of concern in Nduta Camp

69,562 Burundian population of concern in Nyarugusu Camp pre and post influx

45,463 Burundian population of concern in Mtendeli Camp

Operational Highlights

22 Feb 2018 description


  • Recent contributions from Denmark (DKK 10 million) and Sweden (SEK 10 million) help WFP to continue providing life-saving food assistance to refugees.

  • Despite the contributions, chronic funding shortfalls have forced WFP to continue with reduced rations for refugees. Rations are being distributed at 72 percent of the 2,100 recommended kilocalories to prevent a complete pipeline break within the coming months.

11 Feb 2018 description

Les faibles niveaux de financement ne permettent pas aux pays voisins du Burundi d’offrir une aide d’un niveau acceptable.

Par Dana Hughes

GENÈVE — Le HCR a lancé aujourd’hui un appel de 391 millions de dollars pour venir en aide à 430 000 réfugiés burundais cette année, soulignant le besoin urgent de fonds supplémentaires pour éviter que cette crise ne tombe dans l’oubli.

07 Feb 2018 description

On 31 August 2017 at the Tripartite Commission Meeting for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania, the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Burundi, and UNHCR issued a joint communiqué and agreed to implement a work plan from 7 September to 31 December 2017, which entailed the voluntary repatriation of approximately 12,000 Burundian refugees who had by then registered their desire to return to Burundi.

07 Feb 2018 description
  • US$ 391M BESOINS EN 2018
05 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

END OF YEAR SITREP: January – December 2017

2,561 severe acute malnourished (SAM) refugee children were admitted into SAM treatment programs with a cure rate of 85.4 per cent.

  • UNICEF supported WASH (handwashing, latrines and water points) in all camps covering 91,323 children both in schools and child friendly spaces.
    With support from UNICEF, 34,468 refugee children under five were vaccinated against measles and 194,236 people with malaria were treated.

01 Feb 2018 description


In response to funding appeals for WFP’s refugee operation, the governments of Germany (EUR 1 million), Ireland (EUR 1 million), the United Kingdom (GBP 5 million) and the United States (USD 6.5 million) contributed funding for the operation.

Despite these contributions, WFP’s refugee operation remains chronically underfunded forcing rations to be distributed at 72 percent of the recommended 2,100 kcal per person per day.

Operational Updates

26 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch
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Upon taking office in October 2015, President John Pombe Magufuli committed to stamp out corruption in government and to be accountable to ordinary citizens, but instead has restricted basic freedoms through repressive laws and decrees. Critical journalists, politicians, human rights defenders, civil society activists and senior United Nations officials have faced various threats, intimidation and arbitrary detention by government authorities.

24 Jan 2018 description
  • Yesterday the Government of Tanzania informed UNHCR that it has withdrawn the implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), stopping the ongoing exercise to provide Tanzanian citizenship to some Burundian refugees and that it will 'discourage new asylum seekers'. Tanzania had traditionally so far had a solid reputation for welcoming refugees and was a CRRF pilot country.

12 Jan 2018 description


232,711 Burundians who arrived in Tanzania since April 2015

119,089 Burundian population of concern in Nduta Camp

69,280 Burundian population of concern in Nyarugusu Camp pre and post influx

46,161 Burundian population of concern in Mtendeli Camp

Operational Highlights

20 Dec 2017 description

"We have spent many years of our lives fleeing danger. It is very tiresome. All our children were born in refugee camps," says Bahekeye.

Bahekeye fled conflict in Burundi. At the age of 63, all he wishes for is to find a place where, together with his family, they can spend the rest of their days in peace.

19 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Through successful advocacy from UNICEF and UNHCR with the Governments of Tanzania and Burundi, the second round of examinations took place in October 2017 for 1469 Burundian secondary students. UNICEF support covers all the exams costs: printing of exams, logistical movement of exam supervisors as well as the training to teachers who support the students leading up to the exam period.

12 Dec 2017 description
  • In October, some 2,300 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers were newly recorded in the region.
  • In Tanzania, no Burundian asylum seekers were recorded in October 2017.
  • In Rwanda, the number of Burundian refugee arrivals has more than doubled from previous months (1,150 arrivals registered). This includes 42 Burundian refugees who have passed through DRC and Tanzania.
30 Nov 2017 description

A growing funding crisis means that hundreds of thousands of women and children are suffering in refugee camps in Tanzania.

By Kate Bond in Nyarugusu refugee camp, Tanzania | 30 November 2017

Five months have passed since Sandrine Nyaribagiza first arrived at Nyarugusu refugee camp in north-western Tanzania. She thought she was safe after fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Now, in an overcrowded mass shelter only designed to accommodate new arrivals for a week, she fears for her family every night.

29 Nov 2017 description

DAR ES SALAAM – The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has contributed EUR 2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda. This funding is vital as WFP refugee operations in the region are facing critical funding shortages. WFP operations in Tanzania and Rwanda each received EUR 1 million from the contribution.

27 Nov 2017 description

This is a preliminary report; the final narrative and financial reports will be published on 31 December 2017.

Appeal history

  • April 2015: Influx of Burundian refugees fleeing pre-election violence start arriving in neighbouring countries.