ShelterBox is working with other aid agencies to create two new refugee camps in Tanzania, as the latest round of political violence in neighbouring Burundi causes thousands to leave their home and their country.
Since April, the African country of Burundi has suffered some of the worst violence since the end of the 12-year civil war in 2005. The unrest escalated with protests against the third-term bid of the country’s president Pierre Nkurunziza and has continued since his re-election in July.
A ShelterBox response team is currently in Tanzania to assess how we can support refugee camps as political violence in neighbouring Burundi causes 120,000 people to flee the country.
Burundi was thrown into turmoil when the president of the East African country made a bid for a third five-year term in office, which is said to be a violation of the peace deal that ended 13 years of civil war in 2006. This announcement has caused massive political unrest, leading to more than 70 people being killed and hundreds more wounded in opposition protests.