Germany on Monday announced an 11-million-Euro support to Tanzania in coping with the influx of refugees from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Egon Kochanke, the German Ambassador to Tanzania, said the funds will support ongoing operations of the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and non-governmental organizations assisting refugees in the East African country.
“Our additional assistance comes in full recognition of Tanzania’s humanitarian leadership role in providing a safe-haven for thousands of refugees who have fled conflicts in Burundi and Congo,” he told a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Michael Dunford, WFP Representative in Tanzania, said the UN food agency needed over 6 million U.S. dollars a month for providing food to the refugees.
“More support is needed from development partners like Germany as the number of refugees is increasing day after day,” said Dunford.
Chansa Kapaya, UNHCR Representative in Tanzania, said there were currently more than 245,083 refugees in Tanzania coming from Burundi and DRC.
“The situation in refugees’ camps in western Tanzania is pathetic. There is congestion. The refugees don’t have toilets and water. And most of the children are not going to school due to shortage of qualified teachers and other school materials,” she said.