The people of Burundi are facing a crisis marked by economic decline, extreme food insecurity and a disease outbreak. While the worst of the violence has eased, the situation remains fragile, with continued displacement within and outside the country.
What is UNHCR doing to help?
UNHCR and its partners are working together every day to aid and protect Burundi’s refugees in Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda and other nearby countries. Together, we are helping families reunite with lost loved ones and training camp community workers to spot signs of sexual exploitation and abuse. We are helping mothers give birth in proper health facilities and enlisting water engineers to drill new boreholes to supply water for refugees.
But health centres are struggling to cope with huge numbers of patients. Education is very basic, and children lack sufficient learning materials; hundreds of children in Tanzania attend classes under trees.
For the hundreds of thousands of Burundian refugees who still require international protection, more global support and funding is needed to provide urgent life-saving assistance for today, and long-term solutions for the future.
Reports and Links
- 22nd Meeting of the Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees living in Tanzania
- 22ème Réunion de la Commission Tripartite pour le rapatriement volontaire des Réfugiés burundais vivant en Tanzanie
- Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan (2019 - 2020)
- Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan (2018)