10000 refugees flee Burundi amid rising tensions

Parliamentary, municipal polls held Monday despite wideranging calls for boycott

10000 refugees flee Burundi amid rising tensions

World Bulletin / News Desk 

At least 10,000 refugees fled Burundi over the weekend before the government closed all its borders ahead of Monday’s legislative election, a statement by the United Nations refugee agency, or UNHCR, said Tuesday.

On Monday, Burundians voted to elect 100 members of parliament and 15 councilors for each of the country’s municipalities.

“The Burundian border would now be closed for 48 hours as per usual practice during elections, forcing refugees to use informal border crossing through the forest instead,” the UNHCR statement said.

According to UNCR data, nearly 144,000 Burundians have registered as refugees in neighboring countries since riots and demonstrations erupted in April.

“However, many more are believed to have fled the country, but not registered. Latest official figures show 66,000 in Tanzania, 56,000 in Rwanda, 9,038 in Uganda, 11,500 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and even 400 in faraway Zambia,” the statement added.

Last Mod: 01 Temmuz 2015, 10:05
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