More than 30,000 Togolese sought asylum in Ghana and other neighboring countries following the 2005 election results. Photo: UNHCR/D. Kamphuis
Photo: UNHCR/D. Kamphuis

Germany on Friday announced it would provide 22.5 million Euros (about 25 million U.S. dollars) to the UN refugee agency to support Burundian and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) refugees sheltered in western Tanzania.

A joint statement by the Embassy of Germany in Tanzania and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the funding will support refugees programs in the east African country.

Business24

Tanzania hosts refugees mainly from Burundi and DRC residing in three camps in Kigoma region.

A validation exercise conducted by UNHCR from August to October 2019, showed that Tanzania currently hosts 278,275 refugees and asylum seekers, of which approximately 166,000 are Burundians, most of whom arrived since April 2015.

“This funding from the Federal Republic of Germany comes at a very critical time when we need to step up our support for refugees and the host communities in the three refugee camps in Kigoma,” said Chansa Kapaya, UNHCR’s Representative to Tanzania.

Kapaya said the funds will enable UNHCR continue to support the government of Tanzania in its obligations as an asylum country to ensure that refugees have the basic and essential services such as shelter, education, healthcare, sanitation and hygiene.

“Response to and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence will also be strengthened,” she said, adding that it was envisioned that the generous contribution of the German government will also be used to support refugee access to alternative energy sources and to support environmental initiatives in the refugee hosting region.

Jorg Herrera, Charge d’Affaires of German Embassy in Tanzania said that “we are happy and proud to support UNHCR in its invaluable work to meet the needs of refugees from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo hosted in refugee camps in western Tanzania.” Enditem

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