Burundi chaos sparks regional land crisis

Burundi chaosFrom ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – NEIGHBOURING countries have been urged to provide land to shelter the rising number of victims fleeing politically-unstable Burundi.
Peace talks have stalled in the East African country, prompting about 400 000 to flee, mostly to Tanzania.
The United Nation s projects the refugee population to cross the 500 000-mark this year, adding to the pressure for land in host countries including Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, the latter also battered by instability whose refugee camps have exceeded their capacity.
The majority fleeing are women, children and individuals with specific needs.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson, William Spindler, said without allocation of new land to extend capacity in existing camps or build new ones, these countries will struggle to provide sufficient shelter and life-saving services in the camp sites.
Camp facilities also need to be upgraded, including construction of more homes, schools, health centres and better drainage systems to lessen the risk of disease.
“More action is needed to avert a dangerous slide in standards and conditions, including relying on shrinking space to accommodate growing numbers,” Spindler said.
Donor nations have also been urged to step in.
Crisis has torn Burundi after President Pierre Nkurunziza clung to power at the expiry of his mandate in 2015.
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