500 Burundian Refugees Return Home From Rwanda

500 Burundian Refugees Return Home From Rwanda

By Ismail Kwame Nkurunziza

The first group of Burundian refugees who have been living in eastern Rwanda arrived in Burundi on Thursday after five year in exile.

In 2015 thousands of Burundians fled their homes and hundreds were killed following the eruption of violence after the late president Pierre Nkurunziza decided  to seek the third term.

Recently, the newly elected president Evariste Ndayishimiye openly accused Rwandan authorities of allegedly holding Burundian refugees  hostage and encouraged all those living abroad to return home.

According to the United Nations (UN), neighbouring Rwanda is home to 72000 Burundian refuges  and Tanzania hosts over 200,000.

Although authorities claim the decision to go back is voluntarily Burundian refugees in Tanzania accuse local authorities of harassment and xenophobia yet they are hesitant to return to their country because of security concerns back home.

 

 

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