Rwanda’s director of refugee affairs at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR), Jean Claude Rwahama, has confirmed that 2,579 Burundian refugees entered Rwanda last evening fleeing from escalating insecurity inneighbouring eastern Democratic Republic of Congo region (DRC).
“We have not got reliable figures yet but refugee leaders have said that at least 2579 of them came,” said Jean Claude Rwahama.
The refugees fled from Kamanyola refugee camp in DRC where about 40 Burundian refugees were reportedly killed and over 100 injured last year during clashes with DRC forces. The refugees had alleged that DRC authorities had a plan to repatriate them to Burundi by force.
Rwanda is home to about 50, 000 Burundian refugees in Mahama refugee camp in Eastern Rwanda.
Rwahama has said that Burundian refugees who are temporarily sheltered at Bugaramawill relocate to Nyarushishi Transit Camp today.
President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a disputed third term in April 2015 election sparked off violence in Burundi and murder of opposition politicians. Since then, thousands of Burundians have been fleeing from violence and hunger from a country they call home to neighbouring Tanzania, DRC and Rwanda.