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East Africa: Envoys Pledge More Support for Burundi

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

East Africa: Envoys Pledge More Support for Burundi

Foreign envoys accredited to Rwanda have reaffirmed their countries' commitment to supporting refugees in the country. The pledge was made on Thursday as nine ambassadors and high commissioners from US, Canada, Kenya, Egypt, United Kingdom, Belgium, European Union, Germany, and South Korea, toured Mahama refugee camp in Kirehe District, home to 50, 013 Burundian refugees. The tour was organised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs. The pledge was in response to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Rwanda, Azam Saber, who made an appeal for more funding. According to statistics from UNHCR, 18 per cent of children and 22 per cent of girls in the camp are out of school, 21 per cent of the camp population still live in communal hangars while the camp has no energy alternatives to firewood.

Source: allafrica.com