Burundi refugee numbers escalating with crisis

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From OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – THERE is renewed concern over the unstable situation in Burundi, which continues to drive people to seek safety in neighbouring countries .

Since April 2015, some 410 000 refugees and asylum seekers have been forced to flee their homes.
Up to 900 people have been estimated killed in the crisis that began in 2015 when President Nkurunziza clung to power.
“These numbers are still rising,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson, Babar Baloch.
Arriving refugees continue to cite human rights abuses, fear of persecution and sexual and gender-based violence as reasons for fleeing.
With no sign of improvement of the political situation, the total refugee population is expected to grow to over 500 000 by end 2017, making it among the biggest refugee situation in Africa.
Currently, Tanzania is hosting the majority of Burundian refugees with some 249 000 already accommodated in three overcrowded camps.
Rwanda hosts some 84 000 refugees with another 45 000 in Uganda and some 41 000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Smaller numbers of Burundian refugees have also fled to Kenya and into Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.
Living conditions for refugees in neighbouring countries are extremely difficult and with more arrivals anticipated, urgent funding is needed to upgrade and construct new settlements.
UNHCR needs US$250 million (R3,3 billion) to provide basic services.
Baloch renewed calls to donors for continued support to countries hosting Burundian refugees.
“We are also repeating our appeal to the neighbouring countries to allow continued access to those fleeing the situation in Burundi and not to return refugees against their will.”

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