Tanzania wants the UN to repatriate more than 8,000 Burundi refugees


Tanzania’s government is urging the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to repatriate more than 8,000 Burundi refugees.

According to the government, the refugees in question are “pushing to be returned” to their home country. This follows requests from Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza for all refugees to return, insisting that peace has been restored in the troubled nation.


Tanzania calls on UN

Tanzania’s Home Affairs Minister Mwigulu Nchemba said on Friday that more 8,000 Burundi refugees have registered for voluntary repatriation. Over 240,000 Burundians are currently sheltering in Tanzania after fleeing political insecurity in their home country.

However, President Pierre Nkurunziza is calling on all refugees to return home and help build a better country. In July, Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended the registration and naturalisation of refugees from Burundi.

Now it’s calling on the UN to quickly repatriate more than 8,000 refugees who have registered for voluntary repatriation.

UNHCR is yet to release a statement on the recent comments made by the Tanzanian government.


Featured image:By MONUSCO Photos – Burundian refugees at Lusenda camp., CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46293895

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.