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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.
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.
Presidential elections in Rwanda were held on 4 August 2017. President Kagame was re-elected to a third seven-year term with 98.7% of the vote. A new cabinet was announced, including the appointment of Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur as the new Minister for Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR).
UNHCR in Rwanda honored International Women’s Day (IWD) with two events in March: the first event was held 7 March in Kigali to launch the report of the comprehensive interagency gender assessment conducted in all refugee camps in Rwanda in 2016 by MIDIMAR, UNHCR, UN Women and other partners.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Airtel and I&M Bank (Rwanda) Limited have signed an agreement that will facilitate the issuance of cash assistance to Rwandan refugees who return home, mainly from a number of sub-Saharan African countries.
UNHCR and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) held a conference on refugee solutions and socio-economic inclusion in Rwanda’s development planning. Among the outcomes of the stakeholder consultations included an affirmation that refugees can contribute positively to Rwanda’s economy and plans for next steps to boost their self-reliance through the launching of the MIDIMAR-UNHCR Joint Strategy for Economic Inclusion of refugees.
As of 18 August, Mahama refugee camp has officially surpassed 50,000 refugees. It currently hosts 50,013 Burundian refugees, making it the largest refugee camp in Rwanda, more than twice the size of the country’s largest Congolese camp (Kiziba Camp, at 19,000 refugees).