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27 May 2015 description

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.

25 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

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.

22 May 2015 description

UNHCR and partners appeal for USD 207 million to respond to the Burundi Refugee Emergency


Today the UN Refugee Agency and 17 partners launched the Regional Refugee Response Plan to protect and assist up to 200,000 Burundian refugees in the neighbouring countries.

21 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


· 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.

17 May 2015 description

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.

15 May 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

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.

12 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


• 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

06 May 2015 description



  1. 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.

01 May 2015 description

Poor February to March rainfall performance causes delays to seasonal agricultural activities

Key Messages

28 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

27 Apr 2015 description


  • 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)

24 Apr 2015 description


  • 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
22 Apr 2015 description


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.


16 Apr 2015 description


  • 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

15 Apr 2015 description

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.

12 Apr 2015 description

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.

04 Apr 2015 description

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.

01 Apr 2015 description

Food security to deteriorate to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in several areas by April

Key Messages

20 Mar 2015 description


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.

01 Mar 2015 description

Most poor households remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity

Key Messages