Summary of WFP assistance:
WFP provides food assistance with the aim of improving food and nutrition security among food insecure households.
Since November, the total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda remained stable, with a low number of new arrivals.
Nearly 46,000 refugees are now living in Mahama camp (30,000 in the original camp, and 16,000 in the extended camp); transition to semi-permanent housing is ongoing.
Attendance at the education orientation programme increased by 25% from 11,000 to 14,000 students in the past month.
Refugees International is deeply concerned that the civilian and humanitarian character of asylum in Rwanda is being undermined. Specifically, refugees from Burundi claim they are being recruited into non-state armed groups as part of a systematic campaign involving both Burundian and Rwandan nationals.
By David Weiss, President and CEO, Global Communities
This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post.
Marie and Emil are typical seven-year-olds. Marie loves going to school and playing dodgeball with her friends. Emil, while less outgoing than his sister, also loves going to school and has a passion for soccer. What makes Marie and Emil different from their peers is that they spent the first five years of their lives as wards of the Noel Orphanage.
Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.