Germany Gives Crucial Support For Refugees In East Africa

Published on 11 December 2015

DAR ES SALAAM – The Government of Germany has today announced a contribution of €16.5 million to support refugees in East Africa. Of this, €14 million goes to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to recently-arrived Burundian refugees, and to Congolese refugees, in Tanzania. The remaining €2.5 million goes to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for assistance to Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

“Tanzania has proved itself to be a safe-haven for a large number of Burundian refugees,” said the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Egon Kochanke, at an event to mark the contribution in Dar es Salaam today. “The German Government wishes to commend the people and Government of Tanzania for welcoming so many of their neighbours from Burundi. We trust that our contribution will help support Tanzania’s exceptional humanitarian leadership.”

More than 116,000 refugees have fled to Tanzania since April as a result of political unrest in Burundi. With 64,000 Congolese refugees already in the country, this makes Tanzania home to over 180,000 refugees. To accommodate the large influx of Burundian refugees, the Government of Tanzania has this year re-opened three former refugee camps in north-western Tanzania.

"We welcome the generous contribution of the German Government and people. Their consistent support for UNHCR, in this case funds for the operation in Tanzania and two other countries which have received Burundian refugees, will definitely help to fill some of the large gaps in the response to our on-going appeal," said UNHCR Representative in Tanzania, Joyce Mends-Cole. 

“In addition to assisting the refugees themselves, this generous contribution will also help boost the local economy,” said WFP Country Representative Richard Ragan. “Through WFP’s market access initiative, maize – the staple food in the refugee basket – is procured locally here in Tanzania.”

The contribution to WFP is channeled from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Development Bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). 

“In line with KfW’s strategic partnership with the World Food Programme and long lasting experience of successful cooperation in the region, we are very happy to support Tanzania in contributing to address some of the most basic needs of the large number of refugees in the country through cooperation with the World Food Programme,” said Dr. Helmut Schön, Director of KfW in Dar es Salaam. 

Germany’s contribution to WFP will provide over 180,000 refugees with a basic food basket of maize, beans, vegetable oil, salt and corn soya blended flour for five months. It will also provide supplementary food to prevent malnutrition for 26,000 children aged under five, as well as 9,900 pregnant and breastfeeding women.  

For more information please contact:
John Merikion, Embassy of Germany, pr-100@dare.diplo.de, tel. +255 755 696 366
Stephen Mhando, UNHCR, mhando@unhcr.org, tel. +255 784 730 424
Fizza Moloo, World Food Programme, Fizza.Moloo@wfp.org, tel. +255 784 720 022
KfW Development Bank, KfW office in Tanzania, kfw.daressalaam@kfw.de, tel. +255 22 26 00 648