MUYINGA April 13th (ABP) – Burundians residing in Muyinga province (northeastern Burundi) and returned from exile with the facilitation by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) face some difficulties according to testimony delivered on Wednesday to Fillipo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees visiting Muyinga.

During a meeting with that senior United Nations official, a group of representatives of the repatriates from the Gasorwe commune, revealed their problems related notably to the lack of employment, the lack of access to health care and the schooling of children, the lack of habitat…

Mr. Grandi, apparently understanding the issue, promised those returnees to help them wherever possible. “I intend to mobilize partners not only humanitarian but also development to think of new projects,” he said, in his introductory speech. Also, he said, UNHCR will work with the government to see what to do, before stating that if it happens that this assistance is available, other categories will also be taken into account.

Mr. Grandi welcomed their return to their homeland. He advised them to make more effort to save their lives. Speaking of Burundian refugees scattered throughout the sub-region, he said he listened to many of them, “They talk about security and their reintegration”. Mr. Grandi asked the highest Burundian authorities to listen to them before saying that “only the one who wants has to return”.

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