Jenelle Eli, American Red Cross
Not far from the border with Burundi, a team of Rwandan Red Cross volunteers is peeling potatoes and searching for firewood. They are waiting to welcome another group of refugees from Burundi as they cross into Rwanda at the Mamba entry point, the first stop for families in search of safety.
By DANIEL S NTWARI, TEA Special Correspondent
For the refugees, Mahama camp is offering a peaceful haven although there are major challenges concerning their upkeep.
Rwanda may soon be overwhelmed, with the number of Burundian refugees in the country is now nearing its estimated handling capacity.
· Refugees fleeing tensions in Burundi continue to arrive in Rwanda at a rate of more than 100 a day, with ongoing uncertainty at home carrying the risk of a return to peak rates of more than 1,000 arrivals a day seen at the start of the situation.
· Facilities at the main refugee camp for Burundians in Rwanda at Mahama are further expanding, with UNICEF part-funding new boreholes to tackle potential water shortages.
May 16, 2015 by Jim Stipe
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is helping refugees from Burundi who have fled to neighboring Rwanda seeking safety. CRS is working with Caritas Rwanda to provide nutritional supplementation for thousands in transit camps, many suffering from acute malnutrition.
PHOENIX (May 14, 2015) – Today, the Burundian African Union reported a military coup attempt in Burundi. The government of the African nation denies the coup, and the coup has not been verified, however there have been reports of people dancing and celebrating in the streets.
• Fear of continued violence ahead of Burundi’s elections due in late June has prompted 8,000 more Burundian refugees to arrive in Rwanda since the last UNICEF SitRep of 26 April, taking the total number of newly arrived refugees to 25,214, of whom 82% are women and children
• Two-thirds of the refugees, or close to 17,500 people, have been moved to the new Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda from the two initial Reception Centres that were established at the outset of the crisis
NATURE OF EMERGENCY:
On 2 April 2015, a joint rapid assessment was undertaken by the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), UNHCR and WFP to Bugesera district to assess the needs of the asylum seekers who had crossed the border from Burundi to Rwanda. This mission was followed by the second assessment mission to Nyanza district on 3 April.
Poor February to March rainfall performance causes delays to seasonal agricultural activities
As of 26 April, 20,408 Burundian refugees crossed into Rwanda since 31 March. The majority of refugees are children and women. There is in an increasing trend in arrivals (in the last 3 days on average over 3,200 arrivals per day). It is estimated that 100,000 refugees may arrive within the next 3 months.
At least one person has been shot dead in violent clashes in Burundi, a day after President Pierre Nkurunziza controversially launched his bid for a third term in office. Hundreds defied a ban on demonstrations to take to the streets of the capital Bujumbura.
Police shot live ammunition in the air to disperse them. Angry protesters on Sunday threw rocks and lit tyres. Police responded with tear gas, water cannon and live ammunition, blocking access to the centre of the capital. (BBC News)
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Harvesting of 2015A season crops completed
- Prices of cereals and beans continue to decline
- Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country
5,817 (as of 14 April) Burundian Asylum Seekers have crossed into Rwanda.
Further breakdown of the above figure:
4,341 Asylum seekers in Bugesera Reception Center.
1,476 Asylum seekers in Nyanza Reception Center.
61% Of the new arrivals are children.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Harvesting of 2015A season crops completed
Prices of cereals and beans continue to decline
Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country
Erratic rains affect the start of the 2015B season
Cette semaine marque le 21ème anniversaire du début du génocide au Rwanda qui a fait 800 000 morts en 100 jours. Le PAM se souvient des victimes de cet évènement historique terrible et jette un regard sur la façon dont l'histoire du Rwanda a façonné le pays tel qu'il est aujourd'hui.
1 . Le Rwanda est classé 151° (sur 187 pays) pour l'Indice de Développement Humain.
2 . Le PAM est présent au Rwanda depuis 1972, année où l'agence a fourni une aide alimentaire aux personnes touchées par les mauvaises récoltes.
By Alexandra Murdoch
This week marks 21 years since the start of the 100 day genocide in Rwanda that resulted in a reported 800,000 deaths. WFP remembers the victims of this horrifying historical event and takes a look at how Rwanda’s history has shaped the country it is today.
Rwanda ranks 151 (out of 187 countries) on the Human Development Index.
WFP has been working in Rwanda since 1972, when the agency provided food assistance to those affected by the country’s 1970s crop failures.
The Government of Rwanda has made achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) central to its policy framework, as defined in the long term development agenda, the Vision 2020, as well as the medium term strategies, EDPRS1 and EDPRS 2. The overriding long-term national development objective is to transform Rwanda into a middle-income country by 2020.
Food security to deteriorate to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in several areas by April
WFP’s vision is to make Rwanda a food secure country where people are well nourished, able to develop to their full potential, living in resilient communities and sustainably maintained by effective institutions at all levels. This will be realized through enhancing national capacity to develop, design and manage nationally owned hunger solutions. WFP also plans to model innovations in food assistance programming, as well as to continue its humanitarian support to populations affected by crises.