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Rwanda: Burundi refugees Emergency Appeal N° MDRRW013

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This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 549,020 to support the Rwandan Red Cross to reach 10,000 people with a focus on interventions in the areas of emergency heath (first aid, psychosocial support, and violence prevention), water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter and settlements, food security, nutrition and livelihoods, and a component of disaster preparedness and risk reduction. This appeal reflects the current situation, and will be updated and adjusted based on the evolving nature of the crisis, new developments and assessments as they are carried out.

The disaster and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date

April 2015: Due to pre-Presidential election unrest, Burundi nationals begin to seek protection and shelter in neighbouring countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

May 2015: CHF 244,580 released from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the RRCS to meet the immediate needs of 7,500 people that had crossed the border from Burundi into Rwanda at entry points and transit camps of Bugesera-Gashora, Nyanza-Muyira and RuziziNyagatare, and the permanent camp of KireheMahama (this initial DREF is closed and reimbursed).

July 2015: More than 160,000 people are reported to have fled Burundi since April 2015 including 77,000 to Rwanda. Based on the situation and humanitarian needs, decision is taken to develop and launch an Emergency Appeal.

17 September 2015: Emergency Appeal launched for CHF 549,020 to support the Rwandan Red Cross Society to assist 10,000 people in Mahama camp, and the Munini host community, with CHF 58,910 allocated from the IFRC’s DREF as Appeal start-up funding.