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WFP Burundi Country Brief, August 2017

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  • The ongoing socio-political crisis, displacements, disruption of livelihood activities, deterioration of the economy, high food prices, and climatic shocks remain the key drivers of food insecurity in Burundi.

Operational Updates

  • WFP is preparing to provide food assistance to Burundian refugees returning from Tanzania. The 19th Tripartite (Burundi-Tanzania-UNHCR) Commission for Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania held a three-day meeting in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. A joint communiqué issued on 31st August by the parties announced the voluntary repatriation of 12,000 refugees between September and December 2017, with the first convoy expected to return to Burundi on 7 September.
    WFP will provide returnees with wet rations upon arrival at UNHCR transit centres, and a three-month return food package.

  • Furthermore, on 13 August, WFP provided 5.5 mt of food assistance in the form of wet rations and a three-month food package to 73 Burundian returnees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the UNHCR Kajaga (Bujumbura) transit centre.

  • Upon a request by the Government of Burundi, WFP is preparing to provide food assistance to 5,300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Cashi and Gitega districts.

The IDPs in Cashi and Gitega lost their homes and crops following heavy rains that resulted in landslides two years ago and settled in a temporary site. The government has identified a permanent site in Kigwena district, south of Burundi for resettlement of the IDPs. WFP will provide food assistance during the relocation to the new site in Kigwena.