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United Republic of Tanzania: Inter-Agency Operational Update (October 2021)

Situation Report
Originally published



246,745 Total number of refugees and asylum-seekers in Tanzania

205,942 Total camp-based population

126,752 Burundian population of concern

79,035 Congolese population of concern

155 Other Nationalities population of concern

138,745 Burundian refugees repatriated voluntarily since 2017

Operational Highlights


Results and Impact

▪ UNHCR continues to manage the logistics of the voluntary repatriation convoys. During the reporting period, 726 individuals voluntarily repatriated to Burundi. This brings the cumulative figure to 29,317 returnees who have repatriated voluntarily in 2021. UNHCR Tanzania also supports the voluntary repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Uganda transiting through Tanzania. Four convoys were facilitated in October. A total number of 1,275 individuals were repatriated to Burundi.

▪ The second phase of the birth registration and certification exercise that started in late September 2021 is progressing well. Some 10,254 children under the age of 10 in Nduta and Mtendeli camps were provided with birth certificates. The exercise is still ongoing in Nyarugusu camp and targets a backlog of some 41,000 children in the camp. The first phase of the initiative in 2020 saw 13,500 refugee children in the Nduta camp benefit. The initiative is supported by a consortium of; the Tanzania Registration Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNHCR and other stakeholders.

▪ There were 150 new Gender-Based Violence incidents reported in October in the three camps. The most reported incidents were denial of resources, services, and opportunities, followed by psychological/emotional abuse, rape, and physical violence incidents. The factors that contributed to the occurrence of incidents were alcohol abuse and firewood collection. Particularly concerning was the increase in children’s cases reported (11 in total). All survivors were offered comprehensive case management services and received psychosocial support. Legal counseling and support services were provided for 59 cases. Awareness activities, which recognize that SGBV is preventable and refers to actions that stop SGBV from occurring, are ongoing

▪ UNHCR, in collaboration with MoHA and MTI invited forensic experts from MoHA and Government Chemist Laboratory from Dar es Salaam to conduct refresher training on Management of Forensic Evidence Collection. Participants were partners and government officials from Kigoma, Kasulu, Kibondo, and Kakonko districts. The training capacitated the participants on forensic evidencerelated issues as well as addressed various challenges in relation to the implementation of the project.

▪ In this reporting period, four separated children were identified and registered. UNHCR’s child protection partner, Plan International, placed one girl child in alternative care after being neglected by her biological mother. Overall, some 707 home visits were carried out. Their main request was for support with non-food items (Clothes, closed shoes, and sleeping mats).