|The Burundian Reguees Getting Food Vouchers in Line (oxfam.org)
On August 28th , Tanzania announced that it would send back all Burundian refugees on its soil starting from October 1st. The Tanzanian Interior Minister Kangi Lugola said, “In agreement with the Burundian government and in collaboration with the High Commissioner for Refugees, we will start the repatriation of all Burundian refugees.” It will be 2,000 refugees who will be repatriated every week until there are no more Burundian refugees in Tanzania. According to the Tanzanian government, about 200,000 Burundian refugees have fled to Tanzania. Many have fled due to the political chaos in 2015 in Burundi. In April 2015, its president Pierre Nkurunziza declared he would seek a third term in office although it violated the constitution that says re-election is granted and he has been widely accused of rights abuses. The Burundian government has been called out for dismissing criticism, carrying out summary executions, committing abduction, and threatening political dissidents. Therefore, about 1,000 people died and 400,000 people fled to neighboring countries like Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the political chaos. Also, the government has acted in defiance of the international community. Currently, many are raising concerns about Tanzania’s plan to send back the Burundian refugees.
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