They were quoted by the Guardian newspaper as saying on Thursday that after being overwhelmed by daily arrivals of up to 300 refugees at the height of clashes between rebel and government forces in both Burundi and the DRC, refugees were trickling in at an average of two a day in recent weeks.
According to sources in Kigoma, between March 9 and 19, no new refugee was registered at the two major reception centers of Kibirizi and Kibondo.
While at the Mugunzu reception center in the same region, only 253 new arrivals from Burundi were recorded during the first week of this month.
Local officials attributed the drop of refugee arrivals to what they described as a "restoration of stability" in Burundi and the DRC.
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