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FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Significant production losses for pulse and rice crops in 2018B season due to excess moisture and floods
About 50 000 people displaced in April and May due to widespread floods
Average 2018A season harvest, with localized production shortfalls in eastern areas due to below-average rainfall
Prices of maize declining to low levels in recent months, prices of beans unseasonally increasing in May
KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the United States of America in support of Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda. This contribution restores full food rations to these refugees and brings the total food and nutrition assistance provided by USAID/Food for Peace in Rwanda to US$10 million this year.
The contribution comes at a critical time when WFP’s resources are being stretched to respond to the food needs of an increasing number of camp-based refugees.
1,052 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 550,277 cash based transfers made
US$ 5.3 million 6 months (June-November 2018) net funding requirements
239,692 people in May 2018
1,015 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 545,538 cash based transfers made
US$ 5.5 m six months (May-October 2018) net funding requirements
277,000 people assisted in April 2018
HIGHLIGHTS- APRIL 2018
• Due to incessant rains in the month of April, the temporary shelters hosting early childhood development (ECD) classrooms for about 2,700 Burundian children (3-6 years) collapsed. UNICEF carried out a quick assessment and temporarily accommodated the affected children in the existing facilities. The other two ECD learning in permanent centre and home-based is continuing. Immediate funds approx. US$ 200,000 are required to find a more permanent solution to the temporary shelters.
As of March 2018, Rwanda hosts more than 177,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, primarily from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN. Much of the refugee population is almost entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their food needs, although the Rwandan Government recently decided to officially launch the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, an initiative that aims to reduce the dependency on donor funding and improve refugees’ livelihood opportunities.
965mt of food assistance distributed
US $526,097 cash based transfers made
US $6.9 m six months (April-Sept 2018) net funding requirements, representing 57% of total
235,000 people assisted in March 2018
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Andrej Mahecic – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 04 mai 2018 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, renouvelle son appel, aux autorités rwandaises et aux réfugiés, à la retenue et au calme après les récents affrontements ayant causé la mort d’un réfugié et plusieurs blessés dans le camp de réfugiés de Kiziba à l’ouest du Rwanda.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is reiterating its call on the Rwandan authorities and Congolese refugees in Rwanda for restraint and calm, after recent clashes left one refugee dead and others injured at the Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda.
An unknown number of Congolese refugees in Kiziba Refugee Camp in western Rwanda have been killed, wounded, detained or are missing in fresh attacks by Rwandan military and police.
In late April, the Rwandan government increased its military and police presence around the camp in response to protests by refugees about deteriorating conditions in the camp, which in February turned violent.
The security forces wanted to arrest some of their leaders accused of fuelling the on-going unrest.
The camp is yet to have new leadership after MIDIMAR on Monday disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for the camp.
Tension simmered in late April when police intensified security at the camp and its environs.
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
The Rwanda police have arrested 23 DR Congolese refugees following clashes with the security forces at Kiziba camp on Tuesday.
- The move comes amid last week’s reports of rising tensions that saw the government deploy security organs to the Kiziba camp
- The food protest in February had over 10 refugees shot dead and several others injured in a clash with the police
- More than 22 suspected ringleaders were currently facing justice
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
Rwanda has disbanded the Congolese refugee leadership for Kiziba camp over accusations of fuelling unrest.
Heavy rains in March-April, over 191 percent of average, caused bean crop losses, landslides, and flooding, particularly in northern, northwestern, Kigali and southeastern areas. Total Season B production is still likely to be average to below average. Food and income access for most poor households is unlikely to change, and the country is expected to remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1). Some poor households in areas most affected by the rains are likely to experience Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes.
In February police killed at least five refugees and injured 20 at the camp after protests over cuts in food rations turned violent
By Clement Uwiringiyimana
KIGALI, April 30 (Reuters) - Rwandan police fired teargas on Monday at refugees and injured at least one child after senior police officers and government officials visiting their camp were pelted with stones, the refugees said.
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HIGHLIGHTS- FEBRUARY 2018
• The new academic school year began in January. Of the 1,090 Burundian refugee students that undertook examinations in Primary Level, 83.1 per cent passed. Of the 772 students at Secondary Level, 71 per cent passed.
• More than 5,700 Burundian refugee children in 0-6 years are receiving early childhood care through different approaches.
The UNHCR Representation in Rwanda expresses its appreciations to the Government of Rwanda for fulfilling the wishes of the Burundian displaced persons to return in safety and dignity.
Over 2,500 Burundians, who had entered Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on March 7, have expressed their willingness to return home.
UNHCR has been informed by the members of the group that the decision to return is voluntary.