Escalating political violence in the East African nation of Burundi is fueling a refugee crisis in neighbouring countries. As hundreds of thousands of people flee, resources are being pushed to breaking point.
Since unrest began in April 2015, 110,000 refugees – the majority of them children – have fled to two refugee camps in Tanzania, Nyarugusu and Nduta. Both camps have reached capacity, placing children at risk of infections, disease, abuse and neglect.
Nyarugusu camp is now the world’s third largest refugee camp, with a total population of over 154,000, including Burundian and Congolese refugees.
To deal with the overcrowding in Nyarugusu, some new arrivals have been placed in communal shelters. Others have been placed in the camp's primary school, prompting the cancellation of classes. The football field, one of the primary recreation spots for the Congolese refugees, is now a bus station, where Burundian refugees are arriving to be processed.