UPDATE 1-Nearly 600 Burundian refugees head home as mass repatriation starts

(Updates with refugee quotes) NAIROBI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Burundian refugees who returned home on Thursday say they left camps in Tanzania because women are often raped when they go looking for firewood and because Tanzanian police have beaten and arrested men. Reuters interviewed 10 of the 590 refugees who returned, the first batch transported

FEATURE -From Prince Charles to Harrods, refugees target global markets with luxury crafts

NAIROBI, July 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rwandan refugee Anita Claudine knows the odds are stacked against her, but the fashion designer is unfazed in her ambition to one day see her dresses in the window displays of the luxury department stores of London, Paris and New York. The 22-year-old woman, whose family fled to

Scores of LGBT+ refugees in Kenya slum face homophobic attacks, eviction

NAIROBI, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scores of LGBT+ refugees are in desperate need of emergency shelter after facing homophobic threats, violence and eviction warnings from community members in a Nairobi slum, the refugees and human rights campaigners said on Tuesday. The 76 LGBT+ refugees – mostly from Congo but also from Rwanda, Burundi,