VR Immersive Journalism: Burundian Refugees In Tanzania
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Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist, said that CNN is routinely paid by the US government and foreign governments to selectively report on certain events. According to the documentary, The Thrive Movement , produced by Foster Gamble, the successor of the conglomerate Protector & Gamble:
“Most media is owned by large corporations that benefit financially from the promotion of a particular message. This inhibits true journalistic inquiry. Stations are largely funded through advertisements, making them less likely to provide content that conflicts with the agenda of the advertisers. This is a big problem for everyone. It means content is censored based on a profit-motive. We don’t always hear the truth, or get the whole picture, because certain stories threaten the moneymaking abilities of corporate owners.”
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Do you know what it feels like to be force out of your hometown? As I am sitting peacefully in my office in Irvine, one of the safest cities in the US, I can only begin to imagine what is going through the minds of the Burundian refugees.
“They've really lost everything”
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in three camps in Tanzania to provide medical and logistical assistance. Psychologist George Hunter describes what the Burundian refugees have been going through since they arrived at the nearby Nyarugusu camps, after fleeing their homes 11 months ago due to political upheavals. These people have lost everything, and yet there is little awareness of what’s really going on in the international community. The truth is that the Burundians began fleeing the country almost a year ago after President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a controversial third term, which he later won.
With tension remaining high in Burundi, the number of people who have fled for shelter in neighboring states has now surpassed the 1/4 million mark. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) latest data indicate that 250,473 people have been registered as refugees in Democratic Republic of the Congo (21,186); Rwanda (73,926); Tanzania (131,834); Uganda (22,330); and Zambia (1,197) since early April last year. The average rate of new arrivals per week is more than 1,000 in Tanzania, 500 in Uganda, 230 in Rwanda and 200 in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said Friday that camps are becoming overcrowded in all the host countries, especially Tanzania, which has taken in more than 130,000 Burundians since early last April.
“refugees arriving in the host countries continue to report human rights violations and difficulty in leaving Burundi. We have also been receiving a growing number of refugee reports about detention and sexual and gender-based violence in transit.”
As with the other asylum countries, funding is a major problem which is affecting access to education, health care, livelihoods, counseling and more.
In 2016, UNHCR proposed a US$175.1 million for the Burundi humanitarian response, and has only received 3 percent ($4.7 million) to date. Many thanks to the donors for their generosity.
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