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Burundi: Population Movement Emergency Appeal MDRBI008 Operation Update no.2

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Ops update: February 8 - 29 March 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 717,077

Appeal coverage: 30%

Appeal history:

  • A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 15 November 2012 with a budget of CHF 674,731 (cash and in kind donation or services) to assist 14,643 beneficiaries (2,615 households) for a period of three months.

  • CHF 100,000 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 15 November, 2012 to help in starting up operations as returnees streamed into Burundi from Tanzania’s Mtabila camp.

  • An Emergency Appeal was launched on 24 January 2013 for CHF 717,077 to support the Burundi Red Cross (BRC) to assist 20,194 beneficiaries (3,366 households) for 12 months.

  • The Operation update no. 1 was published on 27 February 2013

Summary: Having established the exact number and needs of returnees, Burundi Red Cross (BRC) through the Emergency Appeal operation, continues to provide assistance to returnees as they seek to fully integrate with host communities. The target sectors include; emergency relief items, water and sanitation, health and hygiene promotion, epidemic monitoring and reporting and with a few more refugees expected for deportation in 2013, assistance will also be rendered in line with the ongoing operations. The target beneficiaries are returnees going back to Nyanza Lac, Makamba, Kibago, Kayogoro, Mabanda, Rumonge, and Giharo (approximately 20,194 individuals in 3,366 households) and possible deportees in 2013 who are estimated at a total of 1,673 individuals (279 households) assuming they are all families and not individuals whose families have already returned to Burundi.

BRC has responded through timely assistance and relief in reception and orientation of returnees, psychosocial support, Restoring Family Links (RFL), emergency health and water, sanitation and hygiene. These activities were carried out by BRC during returnees’ transit to their new homes. Further support will be provided in responding to longer term needs, ensuring that returnees fully integrate within the host communities and resource based conflicts are managed.

Verified information from the communities that received a larger number of returnees highlights that most returnees stay in temporary rented houses. As a result, a considerable number are selling out their supplies (specifically NFIs distributed by UNHCR, the Red Cross and other NGOs) to feed their families. The UNHCR provided 50,000 Burundi Francs (± USD 38) to each returnee on arrival from Tanzania, an amount which is insufficient considering the number of days that have passed so far.

Since the Emergency Appeal was launched, it has received 1 RDRT support in water and sanitation, and PHAST volunteers in two branches. An operations manager has been recruited to manage this Emergency Appeal, and the Appeal will be revised in line with emerging needs of returnee families (see the situation for further analysis of the needs).

Donor response to the appeal so far stands at 30 percent and further contributions are still needed to meet the needs of the affected refugee populations. The IFRC, on behalf of the Burundi Red Cross, would like to thank all those that have contributed to this Emergency Appeal, including the British Red Cross, the Finnish Red Cross, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Red Cross of Monaco.