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08 May 2018 description

Situation

  • 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.

14 Apr 2018 description

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.

01 Apr 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Abundant rains in March offset moisture deficits and lift production prospects of 2018B season crops

  • Average 2018A season harvest, with localized production shortfalls in eastern areas due to below-average rainfall

  • Maize prices stable in recent months around their year-earlier levels

  • Generally good food security situation, with pockets of food insecurity in some eastern districts

29 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Refugees accused of inciting others to reject biometric registration.
  • The are reported to belong to a Catholic sect that resist any form of biometric listing and modern medicine.
  • The refugees are accused of endangering the lives of others in the camps as well as those of the officials.

By EDMUND KAGIRE

Rwanda police have arrested 33 Burundian refugees accused of inciting others to reject biometric registration.

09 Feb 2018 description

This will facilitate refugees’ ability to access Government services, employability and to move more freely in the country and abroad.

12 Jan 2018 description
report UN News Service

11 janvier 2018 – Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et l'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) ont lancé jeudi un appel aux bailleurs de fonds pour mettre fin à une réduction de 25% des rations alimentaires distribuées à plus de 100.000 réfugiés au Rwanda depuis janvier.

11 Jan 2018 description

KIGALI - The World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) appealed today to donors to contribute funds so that a 25 percent reduction from January onwards in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda can be reversed as soon as possible.

Some 130,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in camps in Rwanda rely on humanitarian assistance to meet their food needs. They receive from WFP either monthly food distributions or cash transfers so that they can buy food in local markets.

18 Dec 2017 description
report EastAfrican

By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA

Rwanda's government has adopted a policy that enables refugees to work for a living as donor funding to support those in refugee camps reduces.

According to officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), the policy seeks to, among other goals, address a 10 per cent reduction in resources for feeding camp-based refugees. The officials said the policy would also help ease pressure on Rwanda as a host country.

30 Sep 2017 description

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 29 septembre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le HCR, l’agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, lance un appel à davantage de soutien de la part de la communauté internationale en faveur des réfugiés burundais et des communautés qui les accueillent, alors que la pénurie chronique de fonds entrave sérieusement les efforts humanitaires dans les pays d’asile.

29 Sep 2017 description

With only 12 per cent funding, UNHCR and aid partners are grappling with increasing needs of Burundian refugees.

By Cathy Wachiaya in Mahama, Rwanda | 29 September 2017

After fleeing violence in Burundi, Charlene Natete, her husband Jean-Marie and their two children, Alice, 7, and four-year-old Vestinne, are relieved when they finally reach Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda’s Eastern province. But, even here, their worries are far from over. All they own now is contained in a single bag.

01 Oct 2016 description
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Communiqué conjoint - French version

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union, agreed today on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations.

This ministerial meeting, hosted by UNHCR in Geneva, marks the last phase of a comprehensive solutions strategy for Rwandan refugees who fled their country between 1959 and 1998 to escape inter-ethnic violence and armed conflict.

08 Aug 2016 description

A recent nutrition survey has found that rates of malnutrition have improved significantly in all six of the refugee camps in Rwanda, in part because of the World Food Programme’s intensive work to treat and prevent undernutrition among mothers and young children.

MAHAMA REFUGEE CAMP, Rwanda – Emeline Bukera was four months pregnant when she fled her home in northern Burundi in mid-2015 to escape violence as the Burundian socio-political crisis intensified.

15 Feb 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By DANIEL S. NTWARI

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 19:40

IN SUMMARY

  • With six official camps, Rwanda is home to Congolese and Burundian refugees totalling over 147,000, currently under the UNHCR-Rwanda programme.

  • UNHCR Rwanda programme now says that the Burundians will have to wait a little longer to have their concerns resolved.

  • UNHCR recently signed agreements with 11 international local partners for $10.8 million for the first phase of the 2016 refugee response in Rwanda.

04 Feb 2016 description

Following UNHCR contribution of USD 34.9 million to 2015 refugee response in Rwanda, refugee agency signs agreements with 11 partners for $10.8 million first phase of 2016 refugee response in Rwanda with MIDIMAR

29 Sep 2015 description

Since March, approximately 200,000 people have fled pre-election violence in Burundi, heading to neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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.

06 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

23 Jan 2015 description

Rwanda - Dans le cadre du Programme commun de retour et de réintégration durables des Nations Unies et du Ministère chargé de la gestion des catastrophes et des affaires des réfugiés (MIDIMAR) financé par la Suède, l’OIM a intensifié ses efforts visant à accroître la réintégration durable des Rwandais de retour des pays voisins, notamment de République démocratique du Congo, de Tanzanie et du Burundi.