Photo of the Week: New Burundian refugees coming from Kigoma

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people cross the forested border between Burundi and Tanzania every week. Many travel under cover of darkness, on foot, and without belongings.

An estimated 78,000 Burundians are currently sheltering in Nyarugusu camp, joining 64,000 Congolese refugees who have been there since 1997 when the camp was set up to host a maximum of 50,000 refugees fleeing the civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo.

“People are living for months at a time in mass shelters, intended as transit areas, while they wait for a tent,” says Sita Cacioppe, emergency coordinator for Médecins Sans Frontières. “Our teams have seen more than 200 people sheltering in a tent measuring just 8 x 22 metres – which is less than one square metre of space per person.”