Mind Boggling Logistical Feats in Post-Conflict Zones, or, Areas Where it Sucks to be an Administrator

The Government of Tanzania has finally set a repatriation deadline for Burundian refugees who have been residing in Tanzania for over thirty years. And now, they’ve got to gome home. Fast. According to Eric Pitois of the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid:

The Tanzanian and Burundian governments in conjunction with the, UNHCR, agree that the camp should close. The maximum number of people that can be repatriated per week for logistical reasons is 4000. There are a number of administrative procedures; the refugees have to be registered to return and receive health checks to ensure they are fit to travel. Then there are the logistical constraints in terms of the number of vehicles available to carry the returnees and their possessions. So physically it will be difficult to empty the camp by the 30th June, but the will to close the camp is there.

Which translates into 572 refugees per day, or one very large headache for all administrators working on this project.

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  1. Dude, seriously, not cool. I’ve noticed a pattern going on in the last years in other African countries as well, most importantly Tanzania and Zambia. At least the situation in Burundi is not as bad as in Congo, where most refugees currently residing in Zambia are from. I really don’t think refugees will go back. They might flee the camps but not going back to their native countries. Simply because there’s nothing there waiting for them.

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