507 more Burundian refugees leave Rwanda for their homeland

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 10 September 2020 at 03:52

The second batch of 507 Burundian refugees in Rwanda from 172 families has returned to their homeland after nearly five years in exile.

Like in the first phase, all returning residents were first tested for COVID-19.

The number of registered refugees who want to return is 3897, including 485 who returned in the first round.

The first batch of refugees returned on August 27 and was welcomed by the President of Burundi, Gen Maj Evaritse Ndayishimiye.

As the refugees were on their way to the Nemba border, President Ndayishimiye wrote on Twitter saying they wished them well, and asked the rest to return.

“We welcome our relatives who have returned from exile in Mahama. It is a great joy for their families and Burundi. The government is committed to supporting them in every way as they reunite with their families. We encourage others who want to return, Burundi is ours. Welcome to our home! ”

507 Burundian refugees in Rwanda from 172 families has returned to their homeland after nearly five years in exile

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