DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Germany announced on Tuesday a four-million-U.S.
dollar contribution to the UN refugees agency in support of
refugees sheltered in Tanzania from Burundi and the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC).
A statement from the
German Embassy in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam said the
new contribution brought to 16.7 million U.S. dollars the total
contributions from 2018 to 2020.
“I am extremely
grateful to the German government for continued support and the
much needed contribution to the UNHCR operations in Tanzania,”
said Chansa Kapaya, the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to Tanzania.
She added that the
German contribution will go a long way in providing lifesaving
humanitarian assistance to well over 300,000 refugees mostly
from Burundi and DRC, hosted in three camps in the western
region of Kigoma.
Kapaya said the
contribution will enable UNHCR to scale up its efforts aimed at
meeting minimum standards for 2018-2020 in the critical sectors
of education, civil registration and documentation, primary
health care, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, sexual and gender
based violence response and prevention.
“We are happy and
proud to support UNHCR in its invaluable work to meet the needs
of refugees from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo
hosted in refugee camps in western Tanzania,” said Jorg Herrera,
charge d’affaires of the German Embassy in Tanzania.
Tanzania for its tremendous effort in receiving and providing
shelter for refugees from these two neighboring countries for
As of October 31,
Tanzania was hosting approximately 331,000 refugees and other
persons of concern, with 87 percent of them living in the three
refugee camps in Kigoma region.