Burundi’s failed coup threatens to unleash humanitarian crisis in Tanzania

Burundi’s president has now returned to the capital following a failed coup. But despite the calming of tensions, the turmoil has prompted a mass exodus, threatening neighboring Tanzania with a humanitarian crisis.

More than 100,000 people fled Burundi after Wednesday’s foiled coup attempt.

The U.S. Embassy in the country has meanwhile decided to evacuate all non-emergency staff, closing its diplomatic post for the time being.
Karin de Gruijl, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said that among the refugees nearly 70,200 people had fled to Tanzania, 26,300 to Rwanda and nearly 10,000 to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“In particular in Tanzania, numbers have risen very, very sharply over the last few days,” de Gruijl said.
“There are also reports of at least 10,000 people waiting to cross the border into Tanzania.”
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Source News: DW