European Commission Donates Over $11 Million to East Africa to Support Burundi refugees

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The European Commission has injected an additional Euros 10 million to support the increasing number of refugees from violence torn Burundi.

More than 260,000 people, including women and children are estimated to have left the country following the political tensions in April 2015. Refugees are scattered in East African particularly in Burundi immediate neighbors Tanzania and Rwanda.

The European Union said is “committed to support the Burundian people at these difficult times”.

“The humanitarian situation affecting Burundians remains a cause of great concern. More than a quarter of a million people have now fled their homes.” EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said.

The funding will help to provide essential necessities to improve refugees’ living conditions, notably in Tanzania. Nearly 140,000 Burundians are living in squalid conditions at Tanzanian Nyarugusu refugee camp.

Even though additional camps have been set up (Mtendeli and Nduta) to accommodate the continued influx, living conditions in the camps need to improve. Risks of infections and epidemics are high. Sheltering conditions also involve considerable risks for the most vulnerable.