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22 May 2016 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • The expulsions have further soured relations between the two neighbours, with Rwandan officials accusing Bujumbura of ‘politicising’ the ongoing exercise to ensure foreigners living in Rwanda get proper documents.

  • The expulsions are the latest development in the uneasy relations between Rwanda and Burundi in two weeks, following a UN report that once again accused Kigali of backing rebels seeking to topple President Pierre Nkurunziza. Rwanda dismissed the UN expert’s report, which came out last week.

17 May 2016 description

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee affairs, (MIDIMAR) has identified three sites in Gakenke District for the establishment of temporary camps to accommodate families affected by landslides.

The temporary camps will be established in three sectors in Gakenke District namely: Muzo, Minazi and Gakenke.

About 6000 families in Gakenke District are expected to be accommodated in the above mentioned camps. They include those whose houses were completely destroyed and others who were evacuated in prone areas in order to prevent similar disaster.

16 May 2016 description

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 12:39 GMT

Rwanda has expelled over 1,500 Burundians in recent days, government officials said Monday, amid worsening relations between the neighbours.

However, Seraphine Mukantabana, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, said the expulsions were part of a regular crackdowns on those living illegally in the country and were not targeting Burundians specifically.

"We had a number of Burundians scattered across the country who had no documents," she said.

16 May 2016 description

Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 12:21 GMT

A Stockholm court on Monday sentenced a Swede of Rwandan origin to life in prison for genocide and war crimes for his involvement in the 1994 massacres.

Claver Berinkidi, 61, moved to Sweden in 2002 and was naturalised in 2012.

In 2007 a Rwandan court sentenced him in absentia to 30 years behind bars, and authorities later tracked him down to Sweden, where officials opened an inquiry.

16 May 2016 description

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | lundi 16/05/2016 - 10:30 GMT |

Plus de 1.500 Burundais installés pour la plupart de longue date au Rwanda ont été expulsés de ce pays depuis vendredi, Kigali les considérant comme des immigrés illégaux, a-t-on appris de sources officielles rwandaises et burundaises.

Les autorités rwandaises, qui entretiennent des relations glaciales avec le régime de leur voisin burundais, ont indiqué que ces expulsions intervenaient dans le cadre de contrôles réguliers et ne visaient "pas particulièrement les Burundais".

13 May 2016 description

Paris, France | AFP | vendredi 13/05/2016 - 15:18 GMT

par Sofia BOUDERBALA

Une épouse n'a pas senti monter la haine, un fils n'a vu aucun corps: le génocide rwandais de 1994 est encore abstrait alors que s'achève la première semaine du procès de deux anciens bourgmestres rwandais jugés à Paris pour leur participation aux massacres.

11 May 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2016B agricultural season  Above-average production estimates for 2016A season

  • Food prices declining in most markets as 2016A season crops increase supplies

  • Significant number of refugees from Burundi in need of humanitarian assistance

11 May 2016 description

With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), Rwanda has won approval of a US $250,000 grant under the Climate Investment Funds’ Forest Investment Program (CIF FIP) to prepare its national-level FIP Investment Plan (IP).

10 May 2016 description

Today, the Government of Rwanda started relief operations to assist families affected by heavy rains and landslides that tragically claimed the lives of 50 Rwandans during the night of 7-8 May 2016. The relief operations are now underway in the districts of Gakenke, Muhanga, Rubavu and Ngororero, where floods and landslides destroyed homes and public infrastructure including roads.

10 May 2016 description

Paris, France | AFP | Tuesday 5/10/2016 - 05:39 GMT

by Sofia BOUDERBALA

Two former Rwandan mayors go on trial in France Tuesday facing charges of crimes against humanity and genocide over the 1994 massacres in the central African country.

The second trial in Paris by a special court created to go after suspected Rwandan killers who fled to France is expected to lay bare the strained relations between the two countries.

10 May 2016 description

Paris, France | AFP | mardi 10/05/2016 - 02:00 GMT

par Sofia BOUDERBALA

Deux ans après un premier procès en France pour les massacres de 1994 au Rwanda, un deuxième acte s'ouvre mardi: deux anciens bourgmestres comparaissent à Paris pour leur participation présumée au génocide.

Octavien Ngenzi et Tito Barahira, qui nient les faits, sont accusés d'avoir directement participé au massacre de centaines voire de milliers de Tutsi en avril 1994 à Kabarondo, essentiellement des réfugiés regroupés dans l'église de cette commune de l'est du Rwanda.

09 May 2016 description

Washington, Etats-Unis | AFP | lundi 09/05/2016 - 13:29 GMT

L'entreprise américaine de messagerie UPS va participer à un programme visant à distribuer par drones des lots de sang et des vaccins, notamment au Rwanda, a-t-elle annoncé lundi.

La Fondation UPS a accordé une subvention de 800.000 dollars à un projet auquel sont aussi associés la société de robotique Zipline et l'alliance internationale Gavi créée 2000 pour faciliter les vaccinations dans le monde.

09 May 2016 description

New York, United States | AFP | Monday 5/9/2016 - 15:12 GMT

US package-delivery giant UPS said Monday it is teaming up with a drone company and Gavi, a global vaccine alliance, to explore using robot aircraft to deliver life-saving medicines.

The UPS Foundation announced the partnership with Zipline, a California-based startup that will use its Zip unmanned aerial vehicles later this year to parachute blood products to hospitals and health centers in Rwanda, in a deal with the Rwandan government.

08 May 2016 description

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | Monday 5/9/2016 - 11:52 GMT

At least 49 people were killed this weekend in landslides caused by torrential rains in rural Rwanda, the government said on Monday.

Authorities had previously given a death toll of 20, many of them children, as downpours drenched the densely populated country of steep hills and deep valleys.

"During the night of 7-8 May 2016, heavy rains caused landslides in several parts of Rwanda, resulting in loss of lives, and destructing of homes, infrastructure and other property," a statement said.