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Future of Rwanda’s Orphans Still Uncertain

By Amy Fallon

IGALI, Jul 11 2014 (IPS) - Every day, 14-year-old Deborah wakes up in an orphanage, goes to school, and comes home to an orphanage. It does not matter when or for how long she leaves the orphanage, she always knows she’ll be back.

“This is where I live, this is my home,” says the teen, sitting at a wooden desk with other children at the Gisimba Memorial Centre orphanage. She has been intensely colouring in a nativity scene of one famous family – Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

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11 children reunited with their families

Kigali / Geneva (ICRC) – Eleven Rwandan children have been repatriated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to Rwanda, where they were reunited with their families. Scattered by the violence that has gripped the region for several years, the families were at last reunited thanks to the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to trace the children’s relatives. This hard work is paying off; 50 Rwandan children have now been reunited with their families since the beginning of the year.

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14 enfants retrouvent leur famille

Genève / Kigali (CICR) – Quatorze enfants de nationalité rwandaise ont été rapatriés depuis la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) vers le Rwanda, où ils ont retrouvé leur famille. Dispersées par la violence et les conflits qui secouent la région depuis plusieurs années, ces familles sont enfin réunies grâce au travail de recherche que le CICR a déployé pour retrouver les proches de ces enfants. Un travail qui porte ses fruits, puisque 50 enfants rwandais ont ainsi rejoint leur famille depuis le début de l’année.

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Parent-teacher committees keep girls in school in Rwanda

Basic provisions in schools increase attendance

Rwanda has made great strides in expanding access to education. Enrollment is up, repetition and dropout rates are down, and more children are finishing primary school.

Thanks to Rwanda's award-winning Nine Year Basic Education program, six years of primary and three years of secondary education are free and compulsory for all Rwandans. What’s more, in January 2014, UNESCO placed Rwanda in the top three countries for reducing out-of-school youth.

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Scoring project gives improved health centres

Patients at Gasiza Health Post in Rwanda have seen great improvements to the health centre’s facilities following a scoring process of the post’s service delivery.

05.06.2014 | Tine Solberg Johansen

Gasiza Health Post offers medical services to more than 5000 people from several villages. As part of the PPIMA II Project the citizens were asked to rate the most pressing issues in their community. The project revealed poor service, at times even life threatening, at the health post.

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MIDIMAR launches 1000 Days nutrition campaign in refugee camps

The Ministry for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) launched the “1,000-Days in the Thousands Hills” nutrition campaign in refugee camps. The official launch was held in Kiziba camp in Karongi District in the Western province.

The introduction of nutrition campaign in refugee camps is in accordance with the community based integrated approach introduced by MIDIMAR for all services involved in refugee affairs.

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DRC Refugees Start A Better Life In Southern Rwanda

Over 7,000 refugees from the Democratic of Congo (DRC) have seen their living conditions improve after staying in the Nkamira transit centre for the last two years. In April, they moved to Mugombwa camp in Southern Rwanda and although they remain dependent on WFP food assistance their life has got better.

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La Croix-Rouge auprès des orphelins du génocide

Ce 7 avril 2014, le Rwanda et la communauté internationale se recueille et se souvient. Il y a 20 ans, débutait le génocide. Pendant 100 jours, les Rwandais vont vivre l’horreur: 800.000 Rwandais massacrés, des milliers de femmes victimes de violences sexuelles, plus d’un million d’orphelins. Aujourd’hui, bien qu’unis dans leurs efforts pour maintenir une paix durement gagnée, les Rwandais restent meurtris par les atrocités vécues. Les blessures, physiques et psychologiques, d’il y a 20 ans guérissent lentement. C’est tout un pays qui se relève.

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Les enfants des viols, victimes oubliées du génocide rwandais

04/08/2014 06:13 GMT

Par Stéphanie AGLIETTI

KIGALI, 8 avril 2014 (AFP) - "Je dis que je n'ai pas de père"... Quand on l'interroge sur son géniteur, David, 19 ans, préfère cacher qu'il est l'un des milliers d'enfants nés d'un viol commis durant le génocide de 1994 au Rwanda.

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Le CICR au Rwanda

Le CICR maintient une présence permanente au Rwanda depuis 1990. Il travaille en collaboration avec les autorités nationales pour améliorer les conditions de détention des personnes privées de liberté, s’emploie à faire mieux connaître le droit international humanitaire et à encourager son intégration dans la législation nationale, coopère avec la Croix-Rouge rwandaise pour rétablir les liens familiaux et réunir des enfants avec leur famille, et aide la Société nationale à renforcer et améliorer sa capacité à faire face aux situations d’urgence.

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“Remember the past but more importantly invest in Rwanda’s future – the country’s children and young people”


ActionAid on the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide

Kigali, Rwanda: As the world pauses to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide of against the Tutsis, ActionAid Rwanda points out that while it is important not to forget the appalling atrocities committed 20 years ago, it is equally important for the Rwandan government to look to the future by investing in its children and young people.

Rwanda has a very young population. The average age is 19 and two-thirds of Rwandans are under 25. ActionAid country director, Josephine Uwamariya said:

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Polaroid archive a documentation of country’s lost children

by Katie Bilboa

We recently re-opened an incredible archive at our office in Kigali, Rwanda.

Our team unearthed thousands of Polaroid images, documenting children whose lives – in 1994 – were changed forever.

The photographs – a faded moment in time, some damaged by weather and age – and the hand-written notes which accompany them are not just documentation of a generation ravaged by a bloody and brutal genocide.

They also played a vital part in the healing process, which saw families brought back together in the months and years following the conflict.

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Children born of rape: forgotten victims of Rwanda's genocide

04/05/2014 03:58 GMT

by Stephanie Aglietti

KIGALI, April 5, 2014 (AFP) - When David, a 19-year-old Rwandan, is asked about his parents, he prefers to conceal being one of thousands of children born from a rape during the 1994 genocide.

"I say I don't have a father," he explained.

It is impossible to say exactly how many women were raped during the genocide -- the majority of them were subsequently killed and many survivors prefer not to talk about it.

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Rwandan Genocide: Repairing Hope

During 100 horrifying days in 1994, approximately 800,000 Tutsi people were systematically killed in what is now known as the Rwandan Genocide. The massacre left many surviving children, such as 6-year-old Liberatha Ingabrire, as the heads of their families.

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Nutrition Education Nourishes Lives in Rural Rwanda

Community nutrition groups provide education and training to fight malnutrition in both adults and children

While Rwandan families are encouraged to prevent malnutrition, most rural communities lack the ingredients and knowledge to prepare a balanced diet. In most cases, they grapple with lack of other basic needs and end up giving little attention to the quality of food they eat.

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Rwanda 20 years after the genocide of the Tutsis

At the beginning of April 2014, Rwanda will commemorate the darkest days of its history: the start of the genocide which left 800,000 people dead. Over a period of three months, men, women and children were tortured, raped and massacred; an incomprehensible wave of violence which shocked the world and which, twenty years later, has left Rwandan society visibly scarred.

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Children join the fight against sexual violence

In Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi, where Handicap International is working to eliminate sexual violence, children with disabilities are three to four times more likely to be victims of violence or sexual abuse. Children have an important role to play in the organisation’s campaign. “I see the terrible consequences of this type of trauma with my own eyes. We can’t just stand idly by and let it happen,” says Marie, a 13 year old Rwandan girl.

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The Cost of Hunger in Rwanda: Social and Economic Impacts of Child Undernutrition in Rwanda - Implications on National Development and Vision 2020

Hunger Costs Rwanda US$820 Million Annually

A groundbreaking new study has revealed that the effects of hunger and undernutrition in Rwanda cost the country US$820 million (504 billion Rwanda francs) annually -- the equivalent of 11.5 percent of its annual GDP.

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Global Communities in Rwanda: USAID Ejo Heza Program Video

Having worked in Rwanda since 2005, Global Communities is currently implementing the USAID Ejo Heza (“brighter future”) program in Rwanda, which aims to improve the livelihoods and food consumption of 75,000 of the country’s very poor, particularly women. This video showcases the work Global Communities has done through the program in the areas of agriculture, health & nutrition, financial services, and literacy. Also covered in the video are the "Be the Change" Volunteers, who are considered the "heart and soul" of USAID Ejo Heza.