Humanitarian situation: the Refugee Influx to DRC from Burundi – 2 July 2015

Humanitarian situation: the Refugee Influx to DRC from Burundi – 2 July 2015

Burundi is going through a crisis that forces many of its inhabitants to flee to neighbouring countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of these and has already welcomed more than 10 000 Burundian refugees.

Find out the latest updates about their situation and how we are trying to help them.


At present, there are 10 708 pre-registered refugees in South Kivu, among whom 10 543 are registered under the biometrics system. In Katanga, there are 477 refugees, and 200 pre-registered refugees in Maniema. UNHCR also plans to carry out biometric registration in these provinces.

At the Lusenda site, on 29 June, there were 4583 people. 5907 refugees live in host families in the Ruzizi Plain and the rest reside in Sange and Kamvivra transit sites.

As of 21 June, UNHCR partner AIRD (African Initiatives for Relief & Development) screened 963 children aged under five upon their arrival at Lusenda site. Lusenda health centre received 85 cases of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Nundu hospital received 27 cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Two children died as a result of SAM and anaemia.

A governmental decree enables Burundian refugees in DRC to obtain refugee status on a prima facie basis.

From 27 to 29 June, resuming electoral tensions led 1 500 people to flee to DRC, 900 to Uvira territory and 600 to Fizi territory. These refugees are undergoing identification. According to new refugees, members of pro-governmental militia are preventing people from fleeing.

The ICRC registered 54 unaccompanied minors (UM) including 23 placed in host families by UNICEF partner AVREO (13 boys and 10 girls), and the rest in spontaneous host families. For the latter, AVREO is monitoring exploitation risks and is in the process of placing them.

Key Figures

10 708 refugees in South Kivu; 477 in Katanga and 200 preregistered in Maniema

1 500 new refugees arrived between 27 and 29 June

50% refugees live in host families; relocation towards Lusenda refugee site will continue

85 cases of MAM referred to Lusenda health centre and 27 SAM cases referred to Nundu Hospital (between 4 and 21 June)

54 unaccompanied minors registered by ICRC including 23 placed in host families (between 15 May and 1 July)

14 cases of cholera notified in Nundu health zone where Lusenda refugee camp is situated (between 15 and 21 June)

Read the full report in English here:

Humanitarian Situation: DRC/Burundi Crisis 2 July 2015 by UNICEFDRC

Photo: UNICEF DRC 2015 Ndiaga Seck

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Arsene Azandossessi

Arsene Azandossessi est le chef du bureau UNICEF de Bukavu, à l'est de la République Démocratique du Congo.

Arsene Azandossessi is the chief of the Bukavu field office of UNICEF in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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