CERF releases $3.4 million to help returning migrants in Burundi
19 September 2013: On 25 July 2013, the Tanzanian government announced that all “illegal aliens” had to leave the country by 11 August 2013. The order affected thousands of Burundians who had migrated to Tanzania due to economic or political reasons over the past 30 years. A wave of more than 19,000 Burundians arrived in Burundi from Tanzania during the 15 days between the announcement and the deadline.
Still recovering from its own conflict situation and weighed down with a high rate of poverty, Burundi lacks the capacity to assist the returning Burundians. The returning people urgently need shelter, food, water and sanitation facilities and more. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$3,479,171 to five United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The allocations are expected to benefit 25,000 people.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received $86,970 to provide general protection.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $805,431 to provide medical assistance to children under the age 5 and their mothers. UNICEF will also ensure access to potable water and basic sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has received $261,843 to supply dignity kits and child-delivery kits.
Through an allocation of $1,149,557, the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide food assistance.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has received $380,002 to distribute agriculture kits. FAO will also provide technical training in agriculture practices and food consumption.
With an allocation of $795,368, IOM will provide essential non-food items, including blankets, kitchen utensils and mosquito nets.