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UNHCR seek US$222 mln to support Burundian refugees

UNHCR seek US$222 mln to support Burundian refugees

Еhe UN Refugee Agency urges to help the Burundi refugees. The UN humanitarian agency together with 33 partners seeks US$222.6 million to cover basic needs for over 315,000 Burundians during 2021.

Burundi remains the main source of refugees for many neighbouring states like Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over seven years, those nations have been generously hosting Burundians who preferred to flee native country.

In 2021, the majority of Burundians will continue to be in need of international protection, the UNHCR reported. Committing resources is an important signal that the UN has not forgotten Burundian refugees and their host communities.

“Increased international support is crucial to ensure Burundian refugees receive meaningful protection and care in neighbouring countries,’’ said Clementine Nkweta-Salami, UNHCR’s Regional Director for the East, Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region.

The UNHCR wants to help to return for Burundians who choose to repatriate, while the Joint Refugee Return and Reintegration Plan covers reception and monitoring of returnees.