Burundi

Situation Report
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Safe arrival of the first convoy of 485 Burundian returnees from the Mahama refugee camp on the Nemba/Gasenyi border, accompanied by UNHCR Rwanda and delegates from the Government of Rwanda, and received by UNHCR Burundi and delegates from the Government of Burundi. © UNHCR 2020/Bernard Ntwari
Safe arrival of the first convoy of 485 Burundian returnees from the Mahama refugee camp on the Nemba/Gasenyi border, accompanied by UNHCR Rwanda and delegates from the Government of Rwanda, and received by UNHCR Burundi and delegates from the Government of Burundi. © UNHCR 2020/Bernard Ntwari

UNHCR resumes voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Rwanda

On Thursday 27 August, Burundi hosted the first convoy of 485 Burundian refugees voluntarily returning from Rwanda since 2015. Of these refugees, 271 are children, 208 are adults and 6 are elderly. Women and girls comprise 46 per cent of this group, and 40 refugees in this convoy are affected by either a serious medical condition or disability. Through UNHCR's voluntary repatriation program, they arrived from Mahama camp in Rwanda to the Songore transit center in Burundi's Ngozi province. Since the start of repatriation, another 1,018 refugees have been assisted to return home voluntarily. This return was organized in conjunction with the continued repatriation of refugees from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNHCR Burundi is grateful to donors such as the United States, CERF, ECHO, DFID, and France, for funding its safe and voluntary return operations.

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