About 300 people from Burundi have arrived in Zambia seeking asylum following unrest in their country, a senior Zambian government official said on Thursday. Head of public relations of the Ministry of Home Affairs Moses Suwali said in a statement that the Office of the Commission of Refugees has received 300 Burundian nations seeking asylum in the last one month.
The office in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees was currently screening the asylum seekers to ensure that only those that were genuine were granted refugee status, he added.
The official said after the screening process, those who will be granted refugee status will be kept in refugee camps in western Zambia while those whose claims will be rejected will be handed over to immigration authorities.
“We have an obligation under the international laws to receive our fellow men, women and children who are forced to flee their countries because of violence. Therefore, we will continue receiving refugees,” he said.
More than 100,000 people have fled Burundi amid crises triggered by the decision of President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a controversial third-term. Enditem