Rwandans return from Burundi after UN slashes food aid
The UN refugee agency’s high commissioner has crossed the border from Rwanda into Burundi alongside 159 refugees who are being repatriated.
A spokeswoman said more than 23,000 refugees have been repatriated since last August.
Filippo Grandi joined the convoy as an observer while visiting the Great Lakes the region.
More than 100,000 refugees fled to neighboring Rwanda during the 2015 political crisis in Burundi, and more than 60,000 still live in Rwanda.
Many more have registered to go back home since March, when the UN’s food agency reduced cut food aid by 60% to Rwandan refugees blaming a sharp fall in international aid.
Many refugees in Rwanda said they expected solutions from Mr Grandi’s visit, “but we haven’t heard any comforting news from him”, David Ngarura of Mahama refugee camp explained.
Grandi is now visiting Burundi after Rwanda and DR Congo.