Since April 2015, Burundians have been fleeing their country following the announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza, is seeking a 3rd presidential term. Mass protests have followed, during which at least 30 civilians have perished1. There was a subsequent failed coup which has led to a deterioration in safety and security in Burundi, including displacement towards surrounding countries at a high rate. The largest influx of refugees are arriving in Tanzania. UNHCR reports that more than 50,000 Burundian refugees are present in western Tanzania, and nearly all of them are currently in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp2, with more arriving. Nyarugusu is an old refugee camp for Congolese refugees, and with the arrival of the new Burundian refugees, the camp is congested, the living conditions have become extremely dire and tensions arise.
Response to Burundian Refugee influx in Tanzania
19th June 2015