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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.
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.
In the evening of Monday 1st May 2017, ten Rwandan refugees from Zimbabwe, Uganda and Congo Brazzaville arrived in Rwanda for a three- day visit under the ‘Come and See, Go and Tell’ Program.
Most of them came expecting to see an unsecured and destroyed country. At their surprise, they found a new Rwanda that’s steaming ahead on the development, a country that is waiting to receive them with open arms.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union, agreed today on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations.
This ministerial meeting, hosted by UNHCR in Geneva, marks the last phase of a comprehensive solutions strategy for Rwandan refugees who fled their country between 1959 and 1998 to escape inter-ethnic violence and armed conflict.
On 2 October 2015, a Ministerial meeting was convened at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva to discuss the state of implementation of the Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan Refugees and to review key issues and the way forward in bringing the strategy to its conclusion.
Since March, approximately 200,000 people have fled pre-election violence in Burundi, heading to neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
On December 17th, 2014, a group of five former Rwandan refugees landed in Kigali. They include RUGIRA Desire who opted for voluntary repatriation from Uganda. Four other namely: Soter Hakizima and Asnath NSENGIYUMVA from Niger, Rcihard Niyomusabye Richard and Marie Chantal Mukeshimana from Uganda came throughout the “Come & See, Go and Tell program” to witness the situation in the country so that they can go back to asylum countries to testify to their fellow refugees. They attended the 12th National Dialogue before visiting different parts of the country.
- GENERAL INTRODUCTION
Rwanda started experiencing ethnic-based hostility from 1959. The hostilities forced thousands of its population to seek safe havens in different countries across the region. The 1994 Genocide against Tutsis that cast a dark shadow over the country saw millions of Rwandans scattered across the world, especially in Africa. Many lost hope for the country, fearing for the worst.
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
Attacks on Opponents, Critics Abroad
(Nairobi, January 30, 2014) – Human Rights Watch has issued a new report about attacks and threats against Rwandan opponents and critics abroad, spanning the period of 1996 to 2014. The most recent case was the murder of Patrick Karegeya, a prominent Rwandan dissident who was found dead in Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 1, 2014.
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.
IOM has stepped up efforts to support the sustainable reintegration of Rwandan refugees returning from neighbouring countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
The organization is training some 184 trainers, who will in turn impart their acquired skills to 1,500 selected returnees and vulnerable members of host communities in Rwanda.
KAMPALA/JOHANNESBURG, 12 July 2013 (IRIN) - The future of tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees living in Africa remains uncertain nearly two weeks after the 30 June deadline recommended by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for the discontinuation of their refugee status.
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Adrian Edwards – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 28 juin 2013 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.
In October 2009, UNHCR announced a strategy for bringing to proper closure the situation of Rwandan refugees who fled their country before 31 December 1998. The strategy contains four components: voluntary repatriation, local integration, retention of refugee status for people still in need of international protection, and finally the invocation of the so-called cessation clause.
On June 12, 2013, The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMR) received 25 families composed of 48 individuals who repatriated from Orukinga camp in Uganda.
The returnees included 19 children, 15 women and 12 men. Most of them had spent more than 19 years in exile after they fled the country in 1994 during the Genocide against Tutsis.
As they crossed Gatuna border in the Northern Province of Rwanda, they said they felt extremely tranquil considering the warm welcome by MIDIMAR and UNHCR officials.