EDITOR'S NOTE: Chattanooga Times Free Press staff writer Perla Trevizo has been on special assignment in Burundi for about two weeks with funding from the Ford Foundation. This is report from a refugee camp in neighboring Tanzania, where hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled for safety over the years. Watch for Perla's upcoming stories on Burundians who have made their homes in Chattanooga.
MTABILA CAMP, Tanzania - The message was clear: "Let us talk about your return home," Burundi government officials told a crowd of about 2,000 refugees inside Mtabila camp in northwestern Tanzania.
Suddenly a group of people started running. Others followed.
Rumors spread quickly here, and word was that the Burundian and Tanzanian governments and the United Nations refugee agency delegations were there to take the refugees by force.