Rwanda: Population movement, DREF operation n° MDRRW009

CHF 201,307 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Rwanda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to a total of 11,893 people (2,379 households). Within the overall beneficiary population, 7,500 people (1,500 households) will receive non food relief items over a three month period. The operation is to be completed by the end of September 2012 and the final report will be presented by 30 November 2012. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

Summary: The situation in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along the North Kivu borders has steadily deteriorated and has become more complex with fighting adding to internal conflict within the local population. This has resulted in an increased influx of ethnically mixed and multifaceted populations, seeking refugee in Rwanda and Uganda, countries that share borders with the DRC.

The Rwandan Immigration and Emigration services, UNHCR and Rwanda National police are supporting the registration of the refugees, who afterwards are being transported by UNHCR trucks to Nkamira transit camp accompanied by Rwanda Red Cross Society volunteers. Many of the refugees are coming empty handed due to the situation in their area of origin and due to travelling the long distance – more than 100 kilometres – from their home to the Rwandan border.

Currently, the local government authorities and UNHCR are still supporting coordination and camp management and other relevant activities in the transit camp supported by Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) and other NGOs. This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, to be completed by 30 August 2012. A final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation by 30 November 2012.