In related news, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High
Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR), Ariane Rummery
told reporters in Geneva that the number of Burundian refugees crossing into Rwanda had jumped significantly, with over 5,000 refugees entering the country in just two days.
According to the Government of Rwanda, since the beginning of April, nearly 21,000 Burundians, mostly women and children had fled to Rwanda saying that they had experienced intimidation and threats of violence linked to the upcoming elections.
The previous week, the official list of candidates to run in the Burundian Presidential elections on 26 June had been announced, which had sparked demonstrations and violence in the nation's capital, she
The Government of Rwanda had allocated land in Mahama, in the Eastern Province to open a new refugee camp.
and its partners were working moving refugees to the new Mahama refugee camp in daily convoys of up to 1,500 people.
said that due to the sharp increase of new arrivals, the conditions in the two reception centres, Bugesera and Nyanza, had become more and more congested and UNHCR
is expecting to relocate all refugees by 1 May.
Since conducting a rapid assessment mission of the new site in Mahama sector, UNHCR
had immediately mobilized its teams and partners to erect over 450 family tents to accommodate over 4,000 people, 7 hangars, 80 latrines, 80 showers, a health post and security post, she