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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.

27 May 2015 description
report Caritas

Kigali, mercredi 27 mai 2015: la Caritas Rwanda a remis, au camp des réfugiés burundais de Mahama, le premier lot de l’assistance non alimentaire collectée ces deux dernières semaines dans les paroisses catholiques du Rwanda. Cette assistance, composée essentiellement d’habits pour diverses catégories d’âges, de savons, de couvertures et de jerrycans ainsi que 16 935 serviettes d’hygiène féminine fournies par la Caritas Rwanda, est évaluée à 50 904 030 frw, soit 70 700 USD.

27 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Kigali, 23 May 2015 – More than 10,000 children who fled their homes in Burundi to find safety in neighbouring Rwanda are to be immunised against polio and measles to prevent outbreaks of the deadly diseases among both refugee populations and the communities hosting them.

25 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DANIEL S NTWARI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • 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

Geneva,

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

Highlights:

· 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.

21 May 2015 description

Au Rwanda, l’agriculture est le premier secteur économique et emploie environ 80% de la population. Bien qu’il y ait un fort potentiel de croissance, les agriculteurs sont limités par la petite taille des fermes, la baisse de la fertilité des sols, et l’accès limité aux services de valeur ajoutée. En collaboration avec le gouvernement rwandais, le programme d’Achat au service du Progrès (P4P) du PAM aide les petits agriculteurs à atteindre leur plein potentiel de façon à améliorer leurs moyens de subsistance et renforcer l’économie nationale.

20 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Thousands of refugees who fled to Rwanda are resigned to long stay amid concerns that violence in Burundi could reignite tensions of civil war era

Evariste Hakizimana arrived at the Bugesera camp in eastern Rwanda last month, after members of the Imbonerakure, the feared youth wing of Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD party, turned up at his house in the middle of the night.

Read the full report on the Guardian

20 May 2015 description

May 19, 2015: The number of Burundian refugee in Rwanda reaches 26,796

As of 17 th May 2015, the number of Burundian refugees had reached 26,796 in Rwanda. Those refugees were hosted in reception centres and camps as follow:

· Gashora Reception Centre , in Bugesera District in Eastern Province: 3852

· Nyamiyaga a reception Centre, in Nyanza in the Southern Province : 353

· Nyagatare Transit Centre: Rusizi District in the Western Province : 121

· Mahama refugee camp: Kirehe District in the Eastern Province : 22,411

20 May 2015 description

The Ministry of Disaster Management and refugee affairs (MIDIMAR) and UNHCR have affirmed that the response done since the emergency of Burundian influx started early in April is commendable and successful.

The statement was made by Minister Mukantabana Seraphine and Dr. Azam Saber, the UNHCR representative in Rwanda, in a joint press conference held today at MIDIMAR.

19 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rate of new arrivals from Burundi has stabilized since early May, to on average 200 refugees per day.

  • UNHCR and partners have relocated 422 refugees from Nyagatare Transit Center to Mahama Camp in the last week, and will continue to eventually relocate all refugees remaining in the transit and reception centers in order to ensure preparedness in case of another wave of refugee arrivals.

19 May 2015 description

May 18, 2015: The number of Burundian refugee in Rwanda reaches 26,759

As of 17 th May 2015, the number of Burundian refugees had reached 26,759 in Rwanda. Those refugees were hosted in reception centres and camps as follow:

· Gashora Reception Centre , in Bugesera District in Eastern Province: 4,687

· Nyamiyaga a reception Centre, in Nyanza in the Southern Province : 313

· Nyagatare Transit Centre: Rusizi District in the Western Province : 111

· Mahama refugee camp: Kirehe District in the Eastern Province : 21,543

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

Nairobi, 11 May 2015 .

1. The Regional Representatives of OCHA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP convened on 11 May 2015, and agreed in principle to develop a Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) to respond to the influx of refugees into Rwanda, Tanzania and DRC from Burundi based on the existing scenario and planning assumptions described in the Inter-Agency Contingency Plan for elections in Burundi. The plan will cover an initial six month period starting 1 April, 2015.

15 May 2015 description

May 15, 2015: The number of Burundian refugee in Rwanda reaches 26308

As of 13 th May 2015, the number of Burundian refugees had reached 26, 308 in Rwanda. Those refugees were hosted in reception centres and camps as follow:

  • Gashora Reception Centre , in Bugesera District in Eastern Province: 4,375

  • Nyamiyaga a reception Centre, in Nyanza in the Southern Province : 192

  • Nyagatare Transit Centre: Rusizi District in the Western Province : 563

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.

14 May 2015 description

25,884 Burundians have fled to Rwanda

As of 11 th May 2015, the number of Burundian refugees had reached 25,884 in Rwanda. Those refugees were hosted in reception centres and camps as follow:

· Gashora Reception Centre , in Bugesera District in Eastern Province: 5,160

· Nyamiyaga a reception Centre, in Nyanza in the Southern Province : 97

· Nyagatare Transit Centre: Rusizi District in the Western Province : 549

· Mahama refugee camp: Kirehe District in the Eastern Province : 20,039

12 May 2015 description

Gashora, Rwanda | AFP | Tuesday 5/12/2015 - 03:08 GMT

by Stephanie AGLIETTI

Exhausted and terrified, the refugees from Burundi keep coming, with tens of thousands fleeing political violence and targeted attacks by the ruling party's youth wing militia.

Some refugees say they are running from the Imbonerakure, a fearsome group whose name means "The Watchmen" or, literally, "Those Who See Far".