September 13, 2013

UN: Thousands of Burundians Expelled From Tanzania

The United Nations refugee agency says thousands of Burundians living in neighboring Tanzania have been forced out from the country over the past 30 days.
Burundian refugees, who returned from Tanzania, wait to register at a transit camp in Musenyi, southern Burundi. (file photo)
Burundian refugees, who returned from Tanzania, wait to register at a transit camp in Musenyi, southern Burundi. (file photo)

“It’s difficult to estimate exactly the number of Burundians already expelled from Tanzania, but there are at least 20,000 over the past month and probably between 20,000 and 30,000,” Catherine Huck of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday.
Nearly one million Burundians crossed into Tanzania when a deadly civil war broke out in their country in 1993. Most of the refugees returned to Burundi when the war ended in 2006, but some of them stayed abroad.

The Tanzanian government considers the Burundian refugees as illegal immigrants and wants them to get out of Tanzania.

“The Burundian government must organize convoys to bring the expelled persons back to their villages. The needs are enormous, and the international community must get involved,” the UNHCR official said.

Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete He recently expelled Rwandese from his country, a move that escalated tensions between the two countries.
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete He recently expelled Rwandese from his country, a move that escalated tensions between the two countries.

Refugees from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have also flooded Tanzania due to escalating tensions across Africa’s Great Lakes region.

In eastern Congo, the government troops and UN peacekeepers have been fighting for more than a year to crush a rebellion by March 23 movement (M23) fighters.

Nearly three million Congolese have fled their homes because of the violence. About 2.5 million have resettled in Congo, but about 500,000 have crossed into neighboring countries.

2 thoughts on “UN: Thousands of Burundians Expelled From Tanzania

  1. We are talking of East African integration,we talk of global world and some one is busy chasing East Africans who have lived for 30 years in one of the parts of E.A called Tanzania.kikwete has lived his usefulness he needs an immediate replacement,lacks sense of judgement and humour,he has reached a point of satiety.How can you chase a person that has lived with you for 30 years with out justifiable cause? This is total madness of the entire Tanzanian leaders.

    1. Boy, illigality is illigality. Tanzania ia not Burundi and vice-versa. We need to do the same with Rwandese in Uganda as well.

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