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Tanzania Seeking Help To Repatriate 120,000 Burundian Refugees

Tanzania Seeking Help To Repatriate 120,000 Burundian Refugees

Tanzanian authorities are seeking for help to repatriate over 120,000 Burundian refugees who currently live in two camps. One of the camps is in western Tanzania’s Kigoma region near the Burundi border.

Humanitarians have said that conditions at the camp are better than conditions at home. This comes with allegations by rights groups and the UN that Burundian refugees have suffered abuses including arbitrary arrests and disappearances.

All these abuses are reportedly carried out by Tanzanian officers in cooperation with Burundian authorities. Neither of the two countries has said anything to acknowledge or deny these allegations.

This has apparently happened before back in 2020 when 18 refugees were abused by Tanzanian authorities. Between October 2019 and August 2020, Tanzanian police and intelligence services forcibly disappeared, tortured, and arbitrarily detained at least 11 Burundians.

They held them for up to several weeks in abysmal conditions in a police station in Kibondo, Kigoma region. The authorities held these refugees without any charges apparently.

The arrests occurred in Mtendeli and Nduta refugee camps in Kigoma region, near the border with Burundi.

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