Kristina Mejo, chief of mission at International Organization for Migration in Burundi, shares how timely and accurate information can help better address the needs of Burundian refugees.

The small country of Burundi is facing big problems.

In the past four months, more 180,000 Burundians have sought refuge in neighboring Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Zambia, fleeing political unrest — a tough situation for a nation still reeling from significant flooding in 2014.

Yet Burundi fetches little attention from the international community, Kristina Mejo, chief of mission at International Organization for Migration said.

“There’s a big information void,” Mejo said adding, to provide adequate humanitarian response, there needs to be timely and accurate assessment of the situation — data on the actual number of refugees, their destination and key humanitarian needs.

What other challenges does Burundi face? Watch the clip above to find out.

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