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Aderonke Jaiyeoba English 150-050 The Human Rights of the Refugees in Africa Tanzania Violence against Women Refugees Burundi Refugee women confront daily violence in Tanzanian refugee camps Human Rights Watch charges in a new report released today When Burundi women fled the internal conflict there they expected to find safety and protection in the refugee camps Instead they simply escape one type of violence in Burundi to face other forms of abuse in the refugee camps Instead they simply escaped one typed of violence in Burundi to face other forms of abuse in the refugee camps in Tanzania said Chirumbidzo Mabuwa author of the report and researcher of the womens rights division of Human Rights Watch It was not until 1999 five years after the establishment of the Refugee camps in Tanzania that United Nation Commissioner Human Rights began to address these problems systematically under pressure from the refugees themselves and after the intervention of human rights groups including Human Rights Watch United Nation Commissioner Human Rights was also help by its receipt of special funds from a US based philanthropic organization in October 1998 to support programs to combat violence against refugee women in Tanzania and other sub-Saharan African countries important lessons must be learned from the mistakes in Tanzania said Mabuwa UCHR and host governments must be proactive in assessing the protection needed for refugee women from the very start of refugee emergencies that cannot simply wait upon until the problem reach crisis level People often asked what it was like but most people did not listen when you tell them how bad it really was Refugees have been forced to abandon their homes friends and livelihoods Some people have responded to an immediate terrible threat and others have taken painful decision to leave their country after a long period of doubt when all other option
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