Migration agency to help undocumented migrants expelled from Tanzania

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is discussing with counterparts in Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi on how to help thousands of undocumented migrants expelled from Tanzania.

A Tanzanian presidential order issued on 25 July told some 35,000 irregular migrants from the neighbouring countries to leave Tanzania by 11 August.

The migration agency says that to date an estimated 13,000 Burundians, 7,000 Rwandans and 600 Ugandans have complied.

IOM spokesperson, Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the agency will provide assistance to the migrants once they have crossed the border into their countries of origin.

"We are planning to take a lead in providing them with emergency humanitarian aid in terms of transport, registration to know exactly how many they are and their needs as well as setting up some transit centres and providing even medical services to these migrants who are basically heading towards their final destinations." (22")

IOM says that most returnees run out of food and water by the time they reach the border.

The agency adds that because of the onset of the rainy season, the migrants also risk contracting diseases, including cholera, diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory diseases.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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