Defiant refugees disregard UN, return to Rwanda

Burundi, DRC conflictsFrom ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – MORE than 3 000 Burundian refugees have returned to their home country from neighbouring Tanzania against the advice of the United Nations.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees is against the voluntary return of the refugees to the East African country owing to the deepening crisis.
It is marked by killings, abductions, rape and other violations against
critics of beleaguered President, Pierre Nkurunziza.
UNHCR confirmed it had assisted a total of 3 296 individuals to repatriate voluntarily to Burundi in recent weeks.
They have been repatriated in nine return convoys since September.
“While UNHCR is not promoting voluntary return to Burundi, it is
supporting the operation to ensure that returns are based on the
principles of voluntariness and informed decisions, and take place in
safety and dignity,” a spokesperson said.
The repatriation, which will take place in phases to December 31, follows a tripartite meeting of Burundi, Tanzania and UNHCR.
Statistics by UNHCR indicate that most refugees Karuzi, Kirundo and Ngozi Provinces.
More than half of the returnees (59 percent) are children while 51 percent are female.
The Tripartite Commission acknowledged that while some refugees might opt to return now, others still had well-founded reasons for not seeking to return and needed international protection.
Nkurunza’s failure to cede power at the lapse of his term in 2015
triggered the crisis in Burundi.
The crisis in Burundi has created over 400 000 refugees and left an
estimated 700 opposition supporters dead.
– CAJ News

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