Number of Burundian Refugees Hits 300,000 – UNHCR

Most receving countries have been overstretched beyond capacity by the overwhelming numbers of refugees

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that the number of people fleeing violence Burundi has passed the 300, pill 000 mark.

The news was revealed in a statement  released on Friday September 23rd, ampoule just 18 months after the start of the political crisis in the central African nation which erupted in April last year.

The commission notes that “these people have fled Burundi – principally from Muyinga, treat Makamba, Cankuzo, Kirundo and Ruyigi provinces – in search of asylum or international protection.”

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“Although departure numbers have generally not been as high as in 2015, there has been a constant flow this year, including more than 20,000 in July and August.” the statement reads.

The UNHCR says it expects the number of arrivals to continue to rise in the remaining months of this year, but fear that neighbouring Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and aid agencies such as UNHCR, will struggle to continue providing adequate shelter, protection and life-saving services.

“The reception capacities of these host countries are severely overstretched and conditions remain dire for many refugees, most of whom are women and children.”

“These worrying trends will persist as long as a solution to the political crisis remains elusive, with far-reaching humanitarian consequences in Burundi and the region.”


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