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Rwanda/Burundi: Further information on fear of refoulement / fear for safety: Thousands of Burundi refugees in Rwanda

, Index number: AFR 02/015/1997

On 18, 19 and 20 February 1997, between 1700 and 1900 Burundi refugees from Kibangira camp in Cyangugu prefecture returned to Burundi. The exact circumstances are unknown, but it is feared that they may have been returned under duress. Approximately 2000 Burundi refugees remain in Kibangira camp and their situation is uncertain. The Burundi refugees in Musange transit centre, Butare prefecture, and in Kigeme, Gikongoro prefecture, are still in the camps there, and they remain under threat of refoulement.

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