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DATE=10/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=BURUNDI / U-N (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254815 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, reports four-thousand new Burundi refugees have fled to Western Tanzania in the past two weeks. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports the agency says the refugees are running away from heavy fighting between government forces and rebels. TEXT: The U-N Refugee Agency calls this sudden upsurge of Burundian refugees into Tanzania very worrisome. U-N-H-C-R spokesman Kris Janowski says the four- thousand new arrivals come on top of an already- existing refugee population of 40-thousand Burundians in Tanzania. /// JANOWSKI ACT /// This is mostly caused by more intense military activity in Burundi between rebel forces and the military. There is also an effort inside Burundi by the military to forcibly move the civilian population into camps, to apparently prevent recruitment of males for rebel service. /// END ACT /// The U-N Refugee Agency is urgently expanding a refugee camp in Tanzania to accommodate the new influx. The refugees have told aid workers they expect many more Burundi civilians to cross into Tanzania. Since fighting erupted between the military and rebels in mid-September, the Tutsi-led government has forcibly moved an estimated 250-thousand Hutu civilians into dozens of camps outside the capital, Bujumbura. United Nations relief agencies have just visited 14 of the 35 refugee camps. They describe conditions in the camps as deplorable, with people lacking food, water, shelter and latrines. Christiane Berthiaume of the World Food Program says most of the people pushed into the camps had no time to pack and so arrived with nothing. She says more than 180-thousand people are in urgent need of aid. /// BERTHIAUME ACT IN FRENCH, ESTABLISH, THEN FADE /// Ms. Berthiaume says health conditions in the camps are not good. She says aid workers saw many cases of diarrhea and measles. They also saw signs of malnutrition among the children. She says aid agencies are getting together to bring assistance quickly to these people. (Signed) NEB/LS/GE/WTW 08-Oct-1999 13:06 PM EDT (08-Oct-1999 1706 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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