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Another group of Burundian refugees arrived in Rwanda


Another group of Burundian refugees arrived in Rwanda
Rwanda currently hosts more than 56,000 Burundian refugees in Mahama camp in Kirehe District Eastern Province (Image Credit: Flickr)

On January 4, 25 Burundian refugees crossed the border to Rwanda to seek asylum. They were received at Nemba border post and transferred to Gashora Transit Camp in Bugesera District.

The group were made up of 3 men, 7 women and 15 children. According to The New Times, there was no information from the authorities to clarify what impelled them to seek refuge in Rwanda. However, there has been a constant surge of Burundian asylum seekers in the East African country.

"Every month, we take groups of new arrivals to Mahama refugee camp after receiving them here in the transit camp. Last month we took about 60 of them," Simon Nkurayiza, the camp manager said. He added that it was unusual to receive such a large number in one day, in the recent past.

Currently, Rwanda hosts more than 56,000 Burundian refugees in Mahama camp in Kirehe District Eastern Province, while others sought refuge in cities, especially in the country's capital city Kigali.

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