UNHCR Regional Update 2 - Burundi Situation, 18 May 2015

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 18 May 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 112,000 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania and Rwanda since the beginning of April 2015. This indicates an increase of over 60,000 new arrivals in the past ten days.

  • In Tanzania, the number of new arrivals has risen dramatically over the past few days with local immigration authorities reporting that over 50,000 Burundians are in Kagunga, a peninsula on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

  • The coup attempt on 13 May in Bujumbura, whilst President Pierre Nkurunziza was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, was thwarted by troops loyal to the Government. The 13th Extra Ordinary Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State sought to identify ways to resolve the current crisis in Burundi. It was, however, overshadowed by events in the country. The situation in Burundi remains tense with sporadic outbursts of violence.

KEY FIGURES

112,462 New Burundian refugees in the neighbouring countries since the beginning of April 2015 21,543 Refugees in Mahama camp in Rwanda (17 May) 22,293 Refugees in Nyaragusu camp in Tanzania (17 May)

PRIORITIES

  • Relocation of refugees to safety away from border areas.
  • Preparation of refugee sites allocated by governments of host countries.
  • Life-saving multi-sector emergency protection and assistance interventions.
  • Identification and protection of children including family tracing, family reunification and alternative care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children.
  • Prepositioning of relief items for anticipated mass influxes to neighbouring countries.