Howard G Buffet pledges to help Congolese refugees repatriate currently living the country’s camps repatriate.
Buffett made the pledge on Monday December 15, 2014 at Gihembe Refugee Camp in Gicumbi District where he landed after an aerial visit to various refugee camps in the country.
Howard Buffet get out of plane as he visit Gihembe camp
“I have seen that they have some basic infrastructure like water and schools, but when people are not in their homes they do not feel comfortable,” Buffett said.
Simon Singirankabo, returned from DRC, East Kasai in August 2013. He had fled the country at a young age in 1994 during the Genocide against Tutsis, thus he owned no properties. Then, when he returned in August 2013, he joined his parents and currently with all his two wives and 11 children live in Rusizi District in Mururu Sector in Gahinga cell,
A year, after his repatriation, Singirankabo enjoys life on the mother land, in spite of several challenges he is still facing to cater for the needs of such a gigantic family. He earns his living from cultivating to neighbors.
Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in more than 76,000 people seeking refuge in Rwanda. In Gihembe camp, Northern Province, where WFP and its partners are providing assistance to more than 14,500 people, a new cash programme is improving the dietary diversity of the refugees as well as empowering them by giving them the ability to decide for themselves what they eat.
KIGALI, August 6, 2014—The World Bank Group and the Government of Rwanda today signed a financial agreement of US$15 million to provide community and health services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) by expanding the Isange One Stop Centers while promoting gender equality, behavioral change and violence prevention in Rwanda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.