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US News Thousands of Burundian refugees in Rwanda continue to return to the country

08:10  16 october  2020
08:10  16 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Un groupe de réfugiés burundais au poste frontière de Nemba. Jeudi 15 octobre, plus de 400 réfugiés burundais sont rentrés dans leur pays dans le cadre d'un accord tripartite entre le Rwanda, le HCR et le Burundi. © Laure Broulard / RFI A group of Burundian refugees at the Nemba border post. On Thursday, October 15, more than 400 Burundian refugees returned to their country under a tripartite agreement between Rwanda, UNHCR and Burundi.

More than 3,000 Burundian refugees from Mahama camp in Rwanda have returned to their country since last August. 8,000 others have signed up for an upcoming departure under an agreement between UNHCR and the two neighboring countries. This is the biggest wave of return from Rwanda to Burundi since the political crisis of 2015, which pushed tens of thousands of Burundians to cross the border. RFI followed the sixth convoy to the Nemba border post.

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Nearly 500 Burundian refugees living in Rwanda began their journey back to their home country Thursday, the first group to return after five years in exile following deadly political violence sent many fleeing. The United Nations has said hundreds of people were killed in the turmoil following the late

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With our special correspondent in Nemba, Laure Broulard

Last steps in Rwanda for Jean Bosco Karangwa, who presents his papers to immigration officers. This father fled political instability in Burundi in 2015. “We are happy to return to our native country. Now there are no more problems. Those who call us from there tell us that there is enough peace. "

Even though she is uncertain of her future in Burundi, Golette Nzohabonimana wanted to leave the refugee camp with her six children:" In Mahama, my children had a difficult life. And although I don't own any land in Burundi, I have decided not to leave my children abroad in this situation. I said to myself, instead of my children continuing to suffer, I will go home. "

The weekly convoys, of around 500 people, are supervised by UNHCR. "The reasons for the return are mainly linked to the political changes that have taken place recently in Burundi , decrypts Elise Villechalane, spokesperson for the organization. At the moment, the majority of those who want to return are from the Kirundo region, which is the neighboring region. Most of them are farmers and they probably want to return to their land so that they can resume a normal life in their country of origin. "

Still, many political refugees in Kigali consider a return to be too dangerous. In Burundi, there is still neither security nor respect for human rights, assures Burundian lawyer and activist Gustave Niyonzima.

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