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- Clashes in Rwanda camp lead to tragic refugee death
- Bad news for Burundian refugees in Rwanda as funds dry up
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- Rwanda disbands Congolese refugee camp leadership
- UNICEF Rwanda Humanitarian Situation Report - Refugees, February 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.
On Monday, people dug through mud to searching for missing people in the western province, where three people were missing and six injured.
Sunday’s death toll adds to the 183 who have died since January.
Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 18 people in Rwanda’s Northern and Western province over the weekend, pushing the death toll since January to more than 200, a government official said.
Caritas Rwanda is launching an emergency appeal to assist thousands of refugees from Burundi and help improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable in the Mahama camp in the country’s east. Caritas is struggling to raise financial support, with a shortfall in funding of nearly €200,000.
There are more than 57,650 Burundians living in the camp. Many fled Burundi when conflict broke out in 2015 and are still unable to return. Camp newcomers are arriving each month.
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
On this 3rd May, 2018, the Media were briefed on the decisions of a special cabinet meeting on disasters which took place on 2nd May, 2018 and chaired by His Excellence, Paul KAGAME.
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.
From January to end April, heavy rains have been pouring in the whole country. Heavy rains caused different disasters including floods, landslides, thunderstorms and strong winds among others.
The disaster effects caused deaths and injured people. They destroyed infrastructures like roads, schools, and bridges and further damaged houses and crops.
By Samuel Okiror
KIGALI, 1 May, 2018 - Rwanda has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction (DRR) across all sectors and put in place strong regulations and contingency plans to address all natural and man-made hazards affecting the country.
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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Heavy rain has been affecting central and north-eastern Rwanda over the past few days. According to local media, as of 27 April at 7:00 UTC, at least 24 people have died as a result of floods and landslides triggered by the heavy rain. Buildings have been damaged in Kamonyi District.
Over the next 24 hours, moderate rains and thunderstorms are forecast for the already affected areas of the country.
Noel Twagiramungu | Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Joseph Sebarenzi, Ph.D. | Visiting Professor, SIT Graduate Institute
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.