Rwanda: Population Movement DREF operation n° MDRRW010

CHF 184,200 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Rwanda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to an estimated 10,000 people (up to 2,000 households) in emergency health and care, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion. Of the 2,000 households, up to approximately 1,000 households who had to leave without their belongings will also be provided with selected non-food items. The operation will be completed by 30 November 2013 and the final report will be issued by 28 February 2014. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

Summary: A decision by the Tanzanian government to repatriate Rwandans to their country of origin with an initial deadline of two weeks ending 10 August 2013 has resulted in increased influx of Rwandan returnees who have resided in Tanzania for a varying number of years.

These returning Rwandan families are being received mainly at Rusumo border posts in Kirehe district, others at Kagitumba in Nyagatare district and Nemba border post in Bugesera district in the Eastern Province of the country. The returnees are subsequently transported by hired trucks to Kiyanzi transit camp accompanied by Rwanda Red Cross Society volunteers especially in Kirehe district. Many of the returning families are observed to be arriving with very limited belongings due to security concerns as well as long distances travelled, some of more than 100 kilometres from their former homes in Tanzania to the Rwandan borders. The Rwandan Immigration and Emigration services with support of staff from the Ministry of Local Government together with Rwanda Red Cross volunteers are supporting the registration of the Rwandan returnees in Kiyanzi transit camp.

Currently, the local government authorities and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs are supporting coordination and camp management and other relevant activities in the transit camp supported by Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS). Through this DREF support from IFRC, RRCS plans to provide complementary support through the distribution of non-food items to selected families in need as well as emergency health and care and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, to be completed by 26 November 2013. A final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation by 28 February 2014.