Uganda: No space for refugees from Burundi (IRIN)

| January 18, 2016

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For the past three years, the war raging on the other side of Uganda’s northern border in South Sudan has been pushing the country’s ability to host refugees to the breaking point. But now, the simmering violence to the south in Burundi could tip the situation over the edge.

Musa Ecweru is Uganda’s Minister of State for Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees. He says, “We are overwhelmed and overstretched. We have to meet the dire needs of [Burundians] … [but] we already have high numbers of refugees in the country.”

Uganda offers protection and safety to more than half a million people who have fled their homes. It hosts the third highest number of refugees in Africa, after Ethiopia and Kenya.

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