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Danish ambassador with UNHCR delegation on mission to Nyarugusu refugee camp

08.02.2016  14:01

Danish Ambassador Einar Hebogård Jensen visited Nyarugusu refugee camp in Kigoma along with a delegation consisting of several other high commissioners and ambassadors. The visit was organized by UNHCR who in partnership with the Government of Tanzania established the Nyarnugusu camp in 1996 in the aftermath of the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

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Ambassador Einar Hebogård Jensen along with British High Commissioner Diana Melrose and representatives of UNHCR

In April 2015, the Nyarugusu refugee camp was home to approximately 62,000 refugees, and plans were being prepared for winding up the refugee camp, partly in response to the commendable decision by the Government of Tanzania to offer citizenship to more than 162,000 former Burundian refugees.

However, due to the political crisis and growing insecurity in neighbouring Burundi, the camp has once again become shelter to a new massive influx of refugees from Burundi. The high number of newcomers has prompted the opening of a new camp, Ndutu, in Kibondo district, which will have the capacity to host 50,000 refugees.

More than 190,000 refugees are currently in the area, with over 150,000 located at Nyarugusu camp. The relocation of Burundian refugees from Nyarugusu to Nduta and Mtendeli are going well, but with the situation in Burundi escalating the pressure is set to continue.

In Nyaruguse the delegation visited the IRC school, the UNHCR Refugee Resettlement office and verification centre. The delegation also had the pleasure of meeting organisations such as Save the Children, Plan International and Médecins Sans Frontiers, that are all doing a fantastic job in alleviating suffering for the refugees, in particular children. A visit to the Child Friendly space, which also act as a Temporary Learning Space for the camps many children, was very inspiring   

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The children of Nyarugusu Refugee camp

Facts about Nyarugusu Refugee camp:

Nyarugusu camp: 28,196 km2 estimated camp capacity of 50,000. Established by the Government of Tanzania in collaboration with UNHCR. The camp occupies as of 24 January 2016 approximately 152,415 individuals as follows: 62,166 Congolese, 86,878 Burundians, 3,371 other nationalities.