Photography: Médecins Sans Frontières: Seeking Asylum in Burundi
Almost 20,000 Rwandan asylum seekers fled Rwanda into Burundi from May 2005 - October 2006, living in three transit camps just inside Burundi's northern border.
The refugees claim discrimination and a lack of political freedom at home. Rwanda says some are fugitives from justice, fleeing from community Gacaca courts set up to deal with the 1994 genocide. UNHCR expressed grave concern at reports from Rwandan asylum seekers in Burundi that indicate physical and verbal intimidation was used to force them to go home.
Médecins Sans Frontières provided health services to these thousands of asylum seekers, regardless of their status, and reports limited access to the Songore Transit site during the time of Rwanda's forced repatriation.