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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for stronger international support for Burundian refugees and their host communities, as chronic underfunding severely hampers the humanitarian response in countries of asylum.
At the end of June 2017, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) hosted 40,015 Burundian refugees, out of whom 38,133 reside in the province of South Kivu including 30,030 in Lusenda Camp, 6,670 who reside in host families, and 1,427 who remain in transit centres. An additional 1,882 Burundians are living with host communities in Katanga, Maniema and North Kivu Provinces.
The Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika, and other entry points in Kigoma region. New arrivals were relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host DR Congoleses and the new population of Burundians, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015.
Instability from Burundi’s political crisis continues to worsen with the numbers of refugees and displaced persons showing no signs of abating.
An upward surge in Burundian refugees in 2017 corresponds with a rise in conflict incidents, many of which have been initiated by the Imbonerakure—the ruling party’s youth militia. In June 2017, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Burundi documented mass atrocities on a widespread scale “reinforced by hate speech, sometimes with an ethnic dimension, delivered by certain state officials and members of the ruling party.”
As of 31 December 2016, over 360,00 Burundian refugees have fled Burundi into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Of the Burundian refugee population, 56% are children under the age of 18 years and 21% are youth between the age of 15 and 24 years. The statistics below are from UNHCR registration data. The true number of children with specific needs, including unaccompanied and separated children, may differ. UNHCR and partners continue efforts to harmonise registration and case management information.
240,692 Total Burundian population of concern
64,926 Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)
123,673 Total population in Nduta Camp
52,004 Total population in Mtendeli Camp
239,727 Total Burundian population of concern
62,453 Total Burundian population in Nyarugusu Camp (Pre-Influx + Influx)
122,923 Total population in Nduta Camp
51,896 Total population in Mtendeli Camp
The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 50,000.
7 février 2017 – Alors que des centaines de réfugiés burundais arrivent chaque semaine dans les pays voisins, le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a appelé mardi les gouvernements hôtes à fournir plus de terres pour pouvoir les accueillir.
Le nombre de personnes fuyant le Burundi a augmenté au cours des premières semaines de l'année 2017, mettant sous pression les pays d'accueil, en particulier la Tanzanie, le Rwanda et la République démocratique du Congo.