No more space for new refugee arrivals

Nyarugusu Refugee camp

Nyarugusu Refugee camp

from ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – TANZANIA is on the brink of one of the Africa’s biggest refugee crises with refugee camps now filled to capacity and thousands more streaming in from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo daily.

Refugees arriving in Tanzania have increased by almost five times in last four months.

Nearly a quarter of a million Burundian and Congolese refugees are now crammed into three overstretched camps while discussions on a fourth camp to host those still crossing the border continue to stall.

Up to 10 000 refugees from Burundi are now arriving in Tanzania each month. Another 850 from DRC also arrived in October.

The two congested refugee camps are Nyarugusu and Nduta.

“This is rapidly becoming one of Africa’s biggest refugee crises,” says David Nash, Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Over recent months, food distribution has been threatened with cuts due to lack of funds.

In malaria-endemic Western Tanzania, refugees from Burundi are extremely vulnerable to contracting the mosquito-borne disease.

MSF called for increase in the international aid efforts saying should not have to shoulder the responsibility alone.

– CAJ News

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