DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The United Nations refugees agency (UNHCR) said
on Wednesday 37,000 Burundian refugees have voluntarily been
repatriated from Tanzania between January and September this
UNHCR said in a
statement that the 37,000 repatriated Burundian refugees bring
to 48,930 the total number of refugees repatriated from Tanzania
since September 2017.
The statement said
2,000 refugees were to be repatriated every week between April 5
and Dec. 31, 2018.
“Many of them
returned to Muyinga, Ruyigi, Cankuzo, Makamba and Rutana
provinces,” said the statement.
UNHCR said in the
statement that 70 percent of the returnees had only one meal per
The statement added
that 33 percent of the returnees found their land temporarily
occupied by other people including family members while 79
percent of primary school children were not schooling.
The statement also
said 72 percent of the returnees did not have birth certificates
and 73 percent of them did not have national identity cards
while 29 percent were without access to the health system due to
Tanzania is the
largest host of Burundian refugees in the region with over
312,000 refugees and asylum-seekers (figures as at end of
April), including more than 250,000 Burundian refugees received
since the outbreak of violence in Bujumbura in 2015.
Numbers of Burundian refugees
Tanzania hardly to meet target: official
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
It will be hard to reach the target of 72,000 Burundian refugees
being repatriated from Tanzania by Dec. 2018 as set by a
tripartite meeting on voluntary repatriation in March, a
Burundian official said Tuesday.
During the March
tripartite meeting attended by officials from Burundi, Tanzania
and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR), the three parties agreed to repatriate at
least 2,000 Burundian refugees per week and the target was to
have repatriated some 72,000 refugees by the end of this year,
assistant to the Burundian interior minister Therence Ntahiraja
told Burundi-based Radio Isanganiro.
Depending on the
progress that some 37,800 have been repatriated by the end of
September, it will be hard to reach the target, said Ntahiraja.
According to him,
UNHCR has failed to repatriate 2,000 refugees per week due to
the insufficiency of logistical equipment.
repatriated between 1,000 and 2,000 refugees or even less than
1,000 refugees per week, he said.
There are 383,283
Burundian refugees haven’t returned to Burundi, over half of
them are living in Tanzania, according to figures from UNHCR,
last updated on Aug. 31, 2018.
Most of the
Burundian refugees fled the central African country since April
2015, when it plunged into a crisis after Burundian President
Pierre Nkurunziza decided to run his controversial third term.