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Life in Tanzania's refugee camps

Tanzania is in the midst of a massive push to rid the country of hundreds of thousands of refugees who've been living in United Nations camps within its borders. On the eve of the camp closing, a glimpse of life in two camps in northwestern Tanzania: Mtabila, home to 40,000 Burundians, and Kanembwa, home to 2,000 mostly Congolese refugees.

Photos by Mary Wiltenburg

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Two. That’s how many friends Hassan and Dawami told me they had in refugee camps in Tanzania as I prepared to go there. Thanks to the generous help of the United Nations refugee agency, I planned a week of travel around these five words: “Jean-Paul Rukundo, Mtabila” and “Eva, Kanembwa.”

The Ambassador's visit

Mary Wiltenburg, for the Pulitzer Center

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Acting US Ambassador Larry Andre (center) addressed refugees in Mtabila about their prospects after they leave the camp.