UNHCR / BURUNDI RETURNEES INTEGRATION

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During her first visit to Burundi, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly T. Clements urged for increased international support to areas and communities where Burundian refugees are opting to return home. UNHCR

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STORY: UNHCR / BURUNDI RETURNEES INTEGRATION
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SOURCE: UNHCR
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 30 OCTOBER 2022, MAKAMBA, RUYIGI, BURUNDI

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1. Various shots, buses at the border, buses convoy, returnees in bus
2. Various shots, returnees getting out of bus and walking
3. Various shots, returnees, UNHCR staff, registration center
4. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Ramadhani Chongera. Burundian returnee:
“I would encourage those who have remained behind to come back and build our country because life as a refugee is not a good life.”
5. Various shots, Kelly interacting with returnees, walking shots, UNHCR staff distributing kits to returnees
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Clements, Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR):
“I’m in the Gitari transit centre here in southern Burundi, about 10 kilometers from the Tanzanian border. And here behind me there are about 400 Burundian refugees that have chosen to come back to Burundi after spending many years in Tanzania. They are really lookin g forward to going back to their homes. They are receiving some non-food items, some cash, some ways to start their new lives anew. We thank the local authorities for the support that they have provided to make their return possible. The conditions in their areas of origin, their original homes; they don’t know yet what they are going to find. But we are here, UNHCR with a number of partners. We have development and investment that are coming to this area, hopefully, to make that return sustainable, for kids to go back to school, for people to find jobs and for lives to start anew. And we thank you for your support, and we need much more of it.
7. Various shots, returnees outside their house, child eating, Kelly interacting with returnees
8. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Helena Ndakiritumara, Burundian returnee:
“When I was deciding to return to Burundi, I saw others have come. We heard that when they reach there (Burundi), they are supported, so I decided to return to my country. Because home is home.”
9. Various shots, returnees outside their house, walking in the camp
10. Various shots, returnee hand opening a padlock on her door and interacting with Kelly, interior of her house
11. SOUNDBITE (Swahili) Pascaline Sangongena, Congolese refugee:
“They should think about refugees so that they can receive more help. They should think of whatever they can do to help refugees feel safe.”
12. Various shots, returnee women singing in the camp
13. Various shots, Kelly in a round table discussion, table meeting
14. Various shots, Kelly in a refugee exhibition

STORYLINE:
During her first visit to Burundi, UN Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) for Refugees Kelly T. Clements urged for increased international support to areas and communities where Burundian refugees are opting to return home.

More than 200,000 Burundian refugees have returned from neighbouring countries since 2017.

Clements visited Burundi from 30 October to 3 November 2022 to raise the profile of UNHCR’s refugee response in the country and call for more investment and support for the reintegration of Burundian refugee returnees.

More than 200,000 Burundian refugees have returned since 2017.

As was recently reaffirmed by the High Commissioner after he visited Tanzania, there is a need to do more to improve conditions in areas of return in Burundi to make these returns sustainable.

The DHC also participated in the High-level Roundtable on the Return and Reintegration of refugees in Burundi that will also discuss solutions for refugees, investment in return areas, and addressing the obstacles to sustainable reintegration.

Burundi also has generously hosted 80,000 Congolese refugees for decades.
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