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Reference : V-P-TZ-E-00064
Date : 17/05/2015
Country/Region : BURUNDI; TANZANIA
Caption : Kagunga. Refugees on the shores of Kagunga climb into a boat with their few belongings. With no docking area at Kagunga, the boats are used to transfer people from the shore to the waiting ship. Women and children are ferried in a separate boat and are then located in a different area of the ship from the men. It is a difficult task boarding the vessel in the swell of Lake Tanganyika’s waters. However, trained lifesavers in each boat ensure that everyone arrives safely in Kigoma. Pre-election tension in Burundi forced many Burundian nationals to flee the country. With an estimated 50,000 people in Kagunga, the main priority is to ease the congestion by transferring the refugees to Nyarugusu refugee camp in Kigoma where assistance can be more readily provided.
Photographer : KAMAU, Linda
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Photo gallery, 21 may 2015.
"Tanzania: Burundi refugees flood into Kagunga and Kigoma"
Following the pre-election tension in Burundi, Burundian nationals began fleeing to Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To date, the UNHCR has put the number of refugees who have sought asylum in neighbouring countries at over 112,000, of which those fleeing to Tanzania number over 70,000.

In Tanzania the humanitarian situation in Kagunga and Kigoma is dire, with some 50,000 refugees awaiting transportation to Nyarugusu refugee camp. The ICRC is working closely with the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) on the humanitarian situation in Kagunga and at Nyarugusu refugee camp. Services such as restoring contact with separated family members (restoring family links) are already being provided at Nyarugusu for the new arrivals, while the TRCS is providing first aid in Kagunga and at the transit point at Lake Tanganyika stadium. Red Cross volunteers are also focusing on hygiene with the aim of containing the cholera outbreak.
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Resolution : 4000x2664
Orientation : landscape
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