Tag Archives: East Africa

Unprecedented massive naturalization

By Landry Ninteretse

“Historic action”, that’s how UNHCR and analysts have called the decision of Tanzanian government to grant citizenship to more that 162,000 Burundian refugees who have been living there for nearly four decades now.

Visiting Katumba settlement of so called “1972 Burundian refugees” on April 15, 2010, UN High Commissionner for Refugees Antonio Guterres praised the Tanzanian government for its “unprecedented generosity and courageous decision” to finding lasting solutions for these Burundian refugees. He also called on donor countries to respond by helping Tanzania integrate its new citizens. Continue reading

Climate change: What can we do?

By Landry Ninteretse

March and April normally corresponds to rainy months in most tropical countries. In some areas, rainfalls are too heavy, resulting in floods that destroy crops and infrastructures, displace people and cause even death. The massive landslide tragedy in Eastern Uganda on March 1st that killed more than one hundred people and more than three hundred completely missing is still in our mind. In Kirundo, lack of rain in January has negatively affected production of maize and bean and is forcing thousands of people to seek exile in neighbouring Rwanda. Continue reading