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UNHCR welcomes new funding from Germany to assist refugees in Tanzania

16.12.2019 - Article

The government of Germany has announced it will provide 22.5 million Euro to the UN Refugee Agency in support of the Burundi refugee situation and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugee situation.

Burundian refugees stand by emergency shelters at Nduta camp in western Tanzania
Burundian refugees stand by emergency shelters at Nduta camp in western Tanzania© UNHCR

13 December 2019, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania - The government of Germany has announced it will provide 22.5 million Euro to the UN Refugee Agency in support of the Burundi refugee situation and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugee situation. This funding will support refugee programmes in the country, as Tanzania hosts refugees mainly from DRC and Burundi residing in three camps in Kigoma Region, North Western Tanzania.

“This funding from 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. I am very grateful to the Government and the people of Germany for their unwavering support for refugees hosted in Tanzania,” said Ms. Chansa Kapaya, UNHCR’s Representative to Tanzania.

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 (SGBV) will also be strengthened.  It is 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.

Jörg Herrera, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Germany in Tanzania said “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. At the same time we commend Tanzania for its tremendous effort in receiving and providing shelter for refugees from these two neighboring countries for many years.”
Germany has been steadfast in its partnership with UNHCR and since 2017 has contributed some 39.2 million Euro in support of families who have been forced to flee from their homes in Burundi and the DRC.

With limited opportunities to earn a living, refugees in Tanzania are almost totally dependent on humanitarian assistance. More funding is thus required to meet the ever-growing needs. Currently, the UNHCR operation in Tanzania requires 126 million US dollars and with this contribution from Germany only just over a third of that figure is available. Tanzania currently hosts approximately 278,000 refugees and asylum seekers from the two countries. Most of them, 85 percent, live in the three refugee camps in the Kigoma region where the assistance will be operationalized.

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