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Tens of thousands flee Burundi violence

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 01:24

Approximately 100,000 people, many of whom are women and children, escape violent clashes in Burundi to neighboring Tanzania and beyond, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile. Gavino Garay reports.

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Tens of thousands of Burundian refugees have been left stranded here in the small lakeside village of Kagunga on the Tanzanian side of the border. More than 70,000 have already arrived in Tanzania in what has become their last hope at an escape from the internal violence in their homeland. An attempted coup in Burundi has put aid agencies on high alert, with aid agencies groups it the worst violence to hit the Burundi since the end of a civil war in 2005. SOUNDBITE) (Kirundi) BURUNDIAN REFUGEE, FOCACE, SAYING: "This is the third time we have been forced to become refugees, and we will not go back to Burundi. During the last conflict, we were forced to flee into Tanzania, and Tanzania welcomed us, and treated us well. But we were later forced to repatriate back home, without much. When we arrived back to our country, no one helped us." Roadblocks and closed borders have made escaping the turbulent country difficult, which has been exacerbated by protest over President Pierre Nkurunziza's plan to run for a third term. U.N. officials say Tanzania cannot keep up with the thousands of refugees arriving daily. For now.. they wait to make the next step in their journey in this overcrowded village that now faces a shortage of safe drinking water.. with the fear of disease looming.

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Tens of thousands flee Burundi violence

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 01:24