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- The Government of Rwanda and the UN Refugee Agency launch a joint verification exercise of refugees and asylum seekers residing in Rwanda
- 3,000 Rwandan families face hunger due to drought
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- African countries in a fix as Rwanda refugee status ends
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The move comes as the country seeks to tap into aquifers to meet demand for water.
Limited data on the country’s ground water resources has been cited as one of the barriers hindering irrigation schemes to maximise agricultural production.
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
The Rwandan government is hiring a consulting firm to help in gathering data on ground water reserves in the drought-prone Eastern Province. This comes as the country seeks to tap into aquifers to meet demand for water.
The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees, the Rwanda Directorate General of immigration and Emigration, the National Identification Agency (NIDA) in partnership with the United Nations Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) launched on 9th February, 2018 at OAISIS OF PEACE the Verification Exercise of all Refugees and Asylum seekers living in Rwanda with the purpose of updating information and verifying their physical presence in the country through biometric data.
By LEONCE MUVUNYI
Rwanda is making arrangements to deliver food assistance to support more than 3,000 families in the Eastern Province who need urgent assistance to combat the worst effects of a prolonged drought.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources’ (Minagri), despite other parts of the country recording good harvests in season A this year, which is currently ending, numerous households in Eastern Province have been left stranded with little or no harvests, putting them at a risk of hunger.
This will facilitate refugees’ ability to access Government services, employability and to move more freely in the country and abroad.
Students at the camp in Rwanda will be able to study after dark thanks to lighting which has been donated through people using fitness devices.
You arrive home from school. You get something to eat, talk to your family and settle down to do your homework or study your textbooks. Then the lights go out...
It's unthinkable in most countries. But that's the challenge for children who live in Mahama refugee camp in northern Rwanda.
Malnutrition in Eastern Africa among children raises concern
18 January 2018, Addis Ababa – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Africa Union Commission have signed an agreement to launch sustainable school food and nutrition programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
The Directorate of Immigration says the changes align the document with new standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, which require travellers to carry machine readable identity documents.
Refugees remain sceptical and claim it has not been easy for them to access the old document.
A refugee who eventually relocated to Kenya said the tedious process and scrutiny, leads many to simply give up.
By RODRIGUES RWIRAHIRA
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
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.
Abundant rains after dry spell benefit crops and bode well for average harvests
A. Situation analysis
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In a context of very limited free speech or open political space, President Paul Kagame overwhelmingly won a third term in August with a reported 98.8 percent of the vote, after a 2015 referendum allowed him to run for a seven-year term and two additional five-year terms thereafter. Before and after the August election, the Rwandan government continued to limit the ability of civil society groups, the media, international human rights organizations, and political opponents to function freely and independently or to criticize the government’s policies and practices.
• More than 13,000 children 0-5 years were vaccinated with essential vaccines.
• Nutrition surveillance, timely treatment and admission of children under-5 with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to therapeutic services benefitted 94 per cent children.
• WASH facilities are available as per SPHERE standards.
• More than 5,900 children 0-6 years are benefitting from early learning opportunities, home-based care, and early childhood development centres.
By JOHNSON KANAMUGIRE
African countries are divided on the fate of Rwandan refugees within their borders following the expiry of the deadline of the cessation clause that effectively ends their refugee status.
The cessation clause is part of the 1951 Refugee Convention, which allows countries to declare that the reasons that led to people fleeing the country no longer exist, and that all those who fled should be able to return or risk losing their refugee status.
On Friday 12th January, 2018, 350 youth refugee students from 4 refugee camps (Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kiziba and Kigeme) graduated from Gitwe Adventist College located in Ruhango District after 45 days of training and vocational and Education training (TVET).
All graduands trained by ADRA Rwanda and IMPACT HOPE are Congolese youth refugees. They were trained on different trades: 146 trained on hair dressing, 58 on Electricity installation and domestic maintenance, 86 on Tailoring, 35 trained on Plumbing and 24 trained on Permaculture.
Ngororero District is prone to disasters like floods, landslides, droughts, windstorms, and lightning among others which hamper the development of the district Population.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees in partnership with ONE UN family in Rwanda crafted a two year Project “UNTFHS-Strengthening Human Security by Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Climate-Related Threats in Ngororero District” to support Ngororero Population from disasters’ Risks.