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Wednesday, 01 June 2016

EU ramps up humanitarian aid for Burundian refugees in Tanzania

The European Union on Tuesday announced an additional 10 million euros in humanitarian aid to help Burundian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries. Some 265,000 Burundians have fled the country since a crisis was sparked in April 2015 by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to stand for a third term in office. “The situation is really putting the host countries, particularly Tanzania, under stretched-to-the-limit conditions,” Alexandre Polack, spokesperson for the EU’s Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, told RFI. “We’ve identified a risk of infections and epidemics,” he added, as the UN refugee agency has identified malaria and diarrhoea as key health issues. The 10 million euros for assisting Burundian refugees is in addition to 12.2 million euros of EU humanitarian aid for the Burundi crisis provided since the start of 2016. The money will help improve shelter, food, supplies of safe drinking water, access to hygiene and sanitation.

Source: en.rfi.fr