In April 2015, pre-election violence started in Burundi, resulting in a number of casualties in the capital of Bujumbura, and more than 96,000 people fleeing to safety in neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
The majority are choosing to settle in Tanzania where the situation is dire and existing infrastructure is unable to accommodate the refugees’ needs. IFRC launched an emergency appeal to support 20,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania and a FACT was deployed; a DREF was also launched to support the Rwandan Red Cross in responding to the influx of families there.
Key priorities for regional Red Cross Red Crescent response
00:00 – 00:16 WS ferry leaving with Burundi refugees
00:16 – 00:40 WS of refugees on ferry, singing with joy
00:40 – 01:01 WS refugees leaving ferry
01:01 – 01:09 MS refugees leaving ferry carrying items
01:09 – 01:35 MS refugees leaving ferry, being checked by security
01:35 – 01:46 WS refugees boarding bus to transit camp
01:46 – 02:03 MS refugees boarding bus to transit camp
02:03 – 02:31 Bus with refugees pulling away