Escaping Burundi: Life in refuge

Burundians displaced by continued violence persevere in cramped and under-supplied Tanzanian refugee camps.

Tendai Marima | | War & Conflict, Poverty & Development, Human Rights, Africa, Burundi

Nyarugusu camp, Tanzania - When Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would run for re-election despite a constitutional two-term limit, unrest erupted in a nation whose history is haunted by genocide and civil war.

Assassination attempts, house raids and a failed coup have characterised the past months of crisis forcing more than 240,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries and seek refuge in Tanzania's refugee camps. Up to 60 percent of at least 110,000 Burundian refugees who have fled to Tanzania's refugee camps since April are children under the age of 18.

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