Burundi crisis feared to double

Burundi peace processFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – THE Burundi refugee population is projected to double in the coming year as the overall political and economic situation remains unstable with no signs of improving.
Since President Pierre Nkurunziza clung to power in 2015, some 322 300 Burundians have fled the country, primarily to equally-troubled Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
Smaller numbers have fled to countries including Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia.Nearly 100 000 refugees fled to these countries in 2016 alone, and the flight trend continues while internal displacement remains relatively low.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday projected the total refugee population would to increase to 534 000 people by the end of 2017.
These will flee mostly to Tanzania, where some 180 000 refugees are already accommodated in three camps.UNHCR said host governments in countries where capacity was already stretched would require continuous support in 2017 to provide assistance to the growing refugee population.
The East African country is mired in crisis.Offers by the African Union to send a peacekeeping force of 5 000 soldiers and another by UN to send a police force have been spurned.Nkurunziza’s government has started the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court.
– CAJ NEWS

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