Burundi evicts IDPs in new expansion of health facilities


By Catharine James 

BUJUMBURA –  At least 34 families facing eviction following a directive by the local administrators Rugazi commune that they should leave the place where had been staying since 1993 civil war.

Last week, seven families were evicted from Kuruyange and 34 are to be evicted from Muzinda and Ndava zones of Rugazi commune in Bubanza province.

They fled the 1993 civil war and have not yet returned to their places of origin. Last week on Saturday 28 October, the administrator gave the remaining families two weeks to leave.

Sylvie Nizigama, the Administrator of Rugazi commune, says the IDPs have hampered the planned expansion project of the health center since they are living near the health center.

One of the IDPs described the planned eviction as harassment by the government. “The government is persecuting us. What we need is a mediator, someone who can listen to our problems” says Simeon Hatungimana, adding that they have nowhere to go.

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