UK minister visits Kigoma refugee camps

22Mar 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
UK minister visits Kigoma refugee camps

PARLIAMENTARY Under Secretary of State at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Nick Hurd MP yesterday arrived in the country for visiting Kigoma based refugee camps.

Nick Hurd MP

In Kigoma, the UK minister will visit Nyarugusu refugee camp, one of the largest camps in the world. The Nyarugusu camp is hosting over 140,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who had fled conflict in their own countries over the past two decades.

The minister will also meet local government officials and the humanitarian agencies who are working on the ground.
The minister said:

“Tanzania has generously accepted over 130,000 Burundians who have fled persecution and violence in their own country.

The UK will play its part too. We are one of the largest donors to the response and will continue to support Tanzania and UNHCR as they scale-up their response.”

“So it is important for me to be here, firstly to see the progress and the challenges on the ground. But also, at a time of multiple humanitarian crises across the world, I want to call on the wider international community to step up their support to this silent crisis”.

Since April 2015, over 252,000 Burundians have fled political violence in their country. Over half of these about 133,000 have come to Tanzania.

On average, over 1000 more arrive each week. The refugees are being accommodated in three camps: the largest being Nyarugusu which the minister will visit.

Nyarugusu hosts an existing caseload of around 65,000 Congolese refugees as well as 80,000 newly arrived Burundians.

The other camps are Nduta (50,000 refugees) and Mtendeli (5,000 refugees). The UK is one of the biggest donors to the Burundi humanitarian crisis.

DFID has provided £14.25m to the Tanzania response, working closely with the government of Tanzania and humanitarian agencies.

UK funds have delivered clean drinking water, latrines, shelter, food and healthcare to thousands of Burundian refugees living in camps across western Tanzania.