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52 BURUNDIAN REFUGEES REPATRIATED

The Government of Malawi and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have repatriated 52 Burundian nationals to their home country.

One of the refugees who was accompanied by his wife and child, Hakizimana Jeremie, hailed the Malawi Government for the support they have been given for the past five years he has been at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.

Some of the repatriated refugees boarding a plane.

He said he is going to his country a happy man after learning a lot from Malawians including farming and small-scale businesses.

UNHCR’s Associate Protection Officer, Ahmed Bashir, said the repatriation is in line with the international laws on refugees.

Senior Administrative Operation Officer in the Ministry of Homeland Security Refugees Section, Hilda Kausiwa, said there is a positive response to the voluntary repatriation.

She said since June 2023, over 277 refugees have so far been repatriated to Burundi voluntarily.

Currently, there are over 53 thousand refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

Dzaleka Camp is Overcrowded.

Reported by Mayeso Chikhadzula.

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