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Broken Dreams in Burundi

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Broken Dreams in Burundi

On May 13th, Major General Niyombare launched a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza, after weeks of violent protests against the president's bid for a third term. As a result of the turmoil, an estimated total of 105,000 people have fled the country, to Tanzania (WHO assessment, 19-May-15). Out of these around 79,000 are located at the entry point of Kagunga at the shore of the lake, 20,000 have been relocated to Nyarugusa camp, and 11,000 are in transit. Moist refugees are women and children, and reportedly family of soldiers engaged in the coup. Tanzanian authorities are registering the entrees before transferring them to Nyarugusu camp. There are 9 registration points. Nyagugusu camp is likely to be unable to host all refugees and a new site for a second camp is being identified. In Kagunga there is severe overcrowding and critical needs of clean water, adequate sanitation, health care, food and shelter and education. A cholera h outbreak has already resulted in the death of 8 refugees and there is a threat that the disease may spread. A total of 520 suspicious diarrhoea cases have been diagnosed. CARE Tanzania is positioning itself to provide support to the Burundi refugees. It intends to work through local organizations to serve refugees with critical needs. It has identified three organizations, who in their turn expressed interest in working with CARE. CARE‟s regional emergency officer Benoit Munsch will be conducting a needs assessment and stakeholder analysis at the end of May.

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