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10 Oct 2017 description

The Minister of MIDIMAR, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc together with the UNHCR Representative to Rwanda, Mr. Ahmed Baba Fall and other implementing partners visited Kiziba Congolese refugees’ camp on 29th September, 2017 to assess the living conditions of refugees in Kizaba camp.

Visiting Kiziba Refugee camp, oldest camp in Rwanda and a home to 17,166 Congolese, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc stopped at different facilities available in the camp. She visited the water supplying facilities, health posts and classrooms used by students of different levels among others.

10 Oct 2017 description

From 25th- 29th September, 2017, 15 Rwandan refugees exiled in different countries since 1994 participated in the “Come and See, Go and Tell” programme organized by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees in partnership with UNHCR.

26 Sep 2017 description

On September 15, 2017 - The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) in partnership with UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched the use of cooking gas in Nyarushishi transit centre, in Rusizi District, to improve health and reduce environmental damage caused by the excessive use of firewood.

The new gas program was launched by Hon. Mme De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc and the UNHCR Head of Field Office, Mr. Ben Boubacar Diallo, .

24 Apr 2017 description

This Wednesday 19 April 2017 - Two hundred seventy one Rwandan returnees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been received in Kijote Transit Center located in the Kijote village of Bigogwe Sector, Nyabihu district. The center is in charge of receiving Rwandan returnees while waiting to be reintegrated into the community.

22 Aug 2016 description

From 16-19 August 2016, officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and refugee affairs (MIDIMAR), with partners conducted a tour in different District of the country to handover accommodations houses to 25 families of Rwandans who have returned from exile during different years back.

The beneficiaries included seven in Bugesera District, 10 in Nymasheke District, six in Rusizi and two in Nyamagabe District.

04 Aug 2016 description

Tuesday August 02, 2016 was one of the happiest days for 34 refugee students who completed university studies in this academic year.

The students, from various refugee camps hosting Congolese refugees who graduated in the fields were beneficiaries of the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Programme (DAFI) in partnership with ADRA Rwanda.

The graduates and their parents expressed gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for having created an environment that allow refugees to have access to education at all levels.

27 Apr 2015 description

Thirteen former members of the M23 rebels opted for voluntarily repatriation to their home in DR Congo after the visit of Congolese deputy defense minister, René Sibu Matubuka, on Thursday April 23, 2015.

The group is part of the 150 who have been granted amnesty among others camped in Ngoma District.

They decided to return after Matubuka assured them of their security back home.

19 Feb 2015 description

The US Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles, has pledged her government’s support to ensure peace returns to eastern DR Congo so that refugees can return home.

Amb. Barks-Ruggles made the pledge to thousands of Congolese refugees as she visited them in Gihembe Refugee Camp located in Gicumbi District on Tuesday February 17, 2015.

“We will work closely with partners such as the ICGLR [International Conference on the Great Lakes Region] and others to see how peace can be restored in the DR Congo so that you can repatriate.” Said Ambassador Barks Ruggles.

16 Dec 2014 description

Howard G Buffet pledges to help Congolese refugees repatriate currently living the country’s camps repatriate.

Buffett made the pledge on Monday December 15, 2014 at Gihembe Refugee Camp in Gicumbi District where he landed after an aerial visit to various refugee camps in the country.

Howard Buffet get out of plane as he visit Gihembe camp

“I have seen that they have some basic infrastructure like water and schools, but when people are not in their homes they do not feel comfortable,” Buffett said.

22 Sep 2014 description

Minister Seraphine Mukantabana has called upon refugees to strive for inner peace and making peace with hosting community. The call was made on Sunday 21st September 2014 as the World observed the International Day of Peace.

Minister Mukantabana, UNHCR representative and different humanitarian actors intervening in refugees assistance joined refugees in Mugombwa camp, Gisagara District in the Southern Province to mark the International Day of peace.

01 Sep 2014 description

Simon Singirankabo, returned from DRC, East Kasai in August 2013. He had fled the country at a young age in 1994 during the Genocide against Tutsis, thus he owned no properties. Then, when he returned in August 2013, he joined his parents and currently with all his two wives and 11 children live in Rusizi District in Mururu Sector in Gahinga cell,

A year, after his repatriation, Singirankabo enjoys life on the mother land, in spite of several challenges he is still facing to cater for the needs of such a gigantic family. He earns his living from cultivating to neighbors.

23 Jun 2014 description

RWANDA will continue to make necessary efforts to ensure that the thousands of refugees who have sought refuge in the country remain safe and secure, the Minister for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Seraphine Mukantabana, has said.

She was speaking on Friday as the country joined the rest of the world to mark this year's World Refugee Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of refugees throughout the world.

13 Jun 2014 description

The government of Rwanda and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has engaged efforts for joint interventions to curb gender-based violence in refugee camps.

In order to achieve the above commitment, a process to establish one-stop centres in all refugee camps has been started.

So far, one-stop centres were inaugurated in Kigeme refugee camp in Nyamagabe District and Mugombwa camp in Gisagara District.

The facilities established at those camps will not only serve refugees but also their host communities.

28 May 2014 description

The Ministry for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) launched the “1,000-Days in the Thousands Hills” nutrition campaign in refugee camps. The official launch was held in Kiziba camp in Karongi District in the Western province.

The introduction of nutrition campaign in refugee camps is in accordance with the community based integrated approach introduced by MIDIMAR for all services involved in refugee affairs.

28 May 2014 description

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday May 26, 2014 donated three vehicles to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) Rwanda National Police (RNP),) and Immigration Services to support the three institutions in assistance and rescue missions for refugees.

The vehicles, Toyota 4WD-type were handed over to Minister Séraphine Mukantabana of Midmar and DIGP Stanley Nsabimana by Niemah Warsame, UNHCR country Representative at a function held in at MIDIMAR headquarters. Each vehicle is worth $52,000 (about Rwf35.3 million).

28 Feb 2014 description

Notes: This is a statistics report on repatriation of Rwandans from July 2013 to February 2014.

  • 4,773 Rwandans refugees have been repatriated, 23 refugees renounced refugees status and have been given Rwandan passports and remain in foreign countries
  • 74.46 % of the repatriated passed through Nkamira TC
  • 95.2% came from DRC
  • 59.8 % are female, while 59.8% are under 18 years old
  • The Western province received 73% of the repatriated.
  • 14.461 Rwandans expelled from Tanzania have been received
20 Feb 2014 description

On Wednesday February 18, 2013, The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee affair (MIDIMAR) opened a new camp for Congolese refugees, in the Southern Province in Gisagara District, Mugombwa Sector.

The new Mugombwa Refugee camp is set to accommodate about 10,000 Congolese refugees who have been hosted at Nkamira Transit Center in Rubavu District since 2012.

The relocation of refugees from Nkamira Transit Center commenced on Monday 16, February, 2014 and the operation continues until the whole population transferred to the new camp.

31 Dec 2013 description

Notes: This is a statistics report on repatriation of Rwandans from July 2013 to December 2013.

  • 3705 Rwandans refugees have been repatriated, 23 refugees renounced refugees status and have been given Rwandan passports and remain in foreign countries
  • 73.54% of the repatriated passed through Nkamira TC
  • 94% came from DRC
  • 58.6 % are female, while 60.11% are under 18 years old
  • The Western province received 72% of the repatriated.
14 Aug 2013 description

On Tuesday August 8, 2013, the Government of Rwanda handed over 129 Congolese refugees to Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those refugees were received at “Grande-barrier” border in Rubavu District by DRC high government officials represented by Mr. Julien Paluku, the Governor of North Kivu Province.

03 Jul 2013 description

On Sunday, June 30, the cessation clause concerning Rwandan refugees came into effect. This means that Rwandans who fled the country between 1959 and 1998 have lost their refugee status across the world.

This follows a process that began in 2002 where the Rwandan government approached the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) saying that the reasons that caused Rwandans to flee were no longer applied and that Rwanda was ready to receive all refugees.