Over 2500 Burundian refugees yesterday crossed from Kamanyola refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Rwanda, an official said, local online website, the New Times reports.
The refugees who had lived in DR Congo since 2015, majority of them women and children entered in the country through the Rwanda-DR Congo border, claiming to have fled insecurity, Jean Claude Rwahama, the director of refugees affairs said.
According to Rwahama, the ministry is yet to ascertain their exact figure with the estimated number based on the refugees reported.
“We have not got reliable figures yet but refugee leaders told us that at least 2579 of them came.”
The refugees were temporarily sheltered at Bugarama being catered for by the ministry and its partners pending their transfer to Nyarushishi transit camp in Rusizi on Thursday, according to Rwahama.
Rwanda already hosted more than 50,000 Burundian refugees at Mahama Refugees Camp in Kirehe District.
The refugees have accused the Congolese government of forcefully repatriating them back to Burundi before it’s secure for them.
More than 285,000 refugees have fled Burundi, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and more than 400 people have been killed, although that number could be as high as 1000 since the 2015 political instability.