Cholera Kills 27 Burundian Refugees in Tanzania, Unicef Says

At least 27 Burundian refugees who fled the prospect of political violence at home have died in a cholera outbreak in neighboring Tanzania, the United Nations Children’s Fund said.

Unicef has rushed aid supplies to Tanzania’s northwest, where about 50,000 refugees are camped beside Lake Tanganyika, the agency said Thursday in a statement on its website.

More than 110,000 people have crossed Burundi’s borders seeking shelter since April as tensions rise before elections in which President Pierre Nkurunziza is set to run for a third term in the face of opposition protests.

The World Health Organization earlier this week warned of a developing “severe humanitarian crisis” among those who’ve fled to Tanzania.

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