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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
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.
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.
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
- 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.
• WFP continues to support a growing number of Burundian and Congolese refugees hosted in six camps in Rwanda. In addition, WFP is building national capacity to design and manage home grown hunger solutions.
Likely average Season A harvests to help maintain favorable food access
Overall, the 2018 Season A harvest is expected to be average, despite some production deficits in the east. With existing income-earning opportunities and a favorable Season B rainfall forecast, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are expected to continue countrywide through September 2018. However, some poor households in Kayonza, Kirehe, and Nyagatare districts in Eastern Province may already be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to below-average Season A production.
This will facilitate refugees’ ability to access Government services, employability and to move more freely in the country and abroad.
WFP continues to support a growing number of Burundian and Congolese refugees hosted in six camps in Rwanda. Additionally, WFP is building national capacity to design and manage home grown hunger solutions.