' Some Burundian returnees from Tanzania on Gisuru-Goma border

First group of refugees arrives in Burundi from Tanzania

09-08-2017 301 Burundians from Nduta refugee camp in Tanzania arrived in the country on 7 September. They were received in Gisuru commune of Ruyigi province. These returnees said they were voluntarily repatriated. Around 12,000 Burundi refugees seek to be repatriated by the end of December 2017. Ninety-seven families made of (...)
' Burundian refugees in Mahama camp

Interior Minister calls on Burundian refugees to come back home

08-10-2017 Burundi Minister of the Interior is calling on Burundian refugees to come back into the fold. Some refugees say the time is not yet opportune to return to Burundi. Their security is not ensured, according to them. “Some Burundians in exile say they are afraid of returning home thinking (...)
' Expelled Congolese came by boat

Provincial administration expels 57 Congolese in transit from Rumonge to Tanzania

07-24-2017 “They came in groups. 39 Congolese arrived in Rumonge on 20 July while 18 others arrived on 21 of the same month”, says Juvénal Bigirimana, Rumonge province Governor. The majority of them were women and children. They entered Burundi through Rumonge port. They said they had fled confrontations between (...)
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“Refugees return when conditions are favorable”

07-24-2017 A delegation of the facilitation, EAC and AU visited a refugee camp in Tanzania. The objective was to explore the possibilities of Burundian repatriation. A decision challenged by some people. Written by Agnès Ndirubusa and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana This is a boost for Bujumbura, which is struggling (...)
' Burundian refugees in Lusenda camp in DR Congo.

Political actors accuse EAC of helping Burundi Government force refugees to return

07-19-2017 A visit to a Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania by delegations and personalities mainly from the EAC was seen by critics as a move to force the refugees to return. Following a visit of different delegations from EAC, AU, Tanzania and Kenya to a Burundi refugee camp in Tanzania, (...)
' Burundian refugees in Lusenda camp in DR Congo.

Burundi refugees to over half million by end 2017, UNHCR warns

05-24-2017 UN Refugee Agency is concerned about the unstable situation in Burundi which continues to drive people to flee to neighboring countries for their safety. “Arriving refugees continue to cite human rights abuses, fear of persecution and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) as reasons for fleeing”, says Babar Baloch, UNHCR (...)
' DRC hands over 124 youths to Burundi Government

DRC hands over 124 youths to Burundi Government

02-01-2017 124 Burundians from different jails of the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC have been handed over to Burundian authorities this Tuesday 31 January 2017. The “repatriation” was voluntary, says Marcelin Luhoyo Tchichambo, Governor of South Kivu bordering Burundi. There were crowds of Burundians and Congolese at the Burundi-Congo frontier in (...)
' Tatien Sibomana:  “Why are Tutsi former Vice-President and the Speaker of National Assembly not invited?”

Tanzania should obey regional and international conventions on refugees

02-01-2017 Tatien Sibomana, one of the Burundi opposition politicians, has said on Monday 30 January 2017 that the decision to ban the refugees’ entry must be taken in compliance with international and regional conventions on refugees. The Tanzanian government has banned the entry of refugee groups from the Great Lakes (...)
' Burundian refugees in Lusenda camp in DR Congo.

Human Rights Watch accuses the ruling party youth and police of rape

07-29-2016 In a statement issued on 27 July, the Human Rights Watch organization reported over 300 cases of rape or sexual assault committed by the Imbonerakure youths and men in police uniforms. The latter deny the allegations. From May until September 2015, 323 (264 women and 59 girls) cases of (...)
' The arrival of some refugees in the country.©Iwacu

Burundian refugees back home

04-16-2014 Burundian refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Malawi and Zambia are coming back home according to UNHCR.-By Yves Didier Irakoze. “The repatriation operation of Burundian refugees is a permanent operation of UNHCR Burundi in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The process of repatriation has (...)