Rwanda: Humanitarian assistance to returnees and host communities Emergency Appeal No. MDRRW002

Originally published


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,545,713 (USD 1,236,570 or EUR 978,300) in cash, kind, or services to assist 30,000 repatriated beneficiaries - including support to the host community - through targeted shelter, food distribution, health, water and sanitation interventions as well as other basic social services, for 12 months. <Click here to link directly to the attached Appeal budget; here to go directly to the attached map; or here to go directly to the contact details> CHF 160,000 (USD 130,272 or EUR 101,552) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to initiate the response.

This operation is aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

The current situation

In summary this operation is characterized by highly vulnerable groups who have suffered family separations and harsh conditions during the transfer from their homes in Tanzania to the Kiyanzi transfer camp site. UNHCR, the Tanzanian government and Rwandan government have signed "la clause de cessation", meaning that there are no more refugees in the regions. Many other humanitarian actors - among them UNHCR and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - have closed or are about to close their offices. Consequently, the Rwandan Red Cross (RRC), the International Federation and some partner national societies (PNSs) may be among the few agencies able to address this caseload of returnees.

The Rwandan government has stated that the expelled people will be relocated to other yet-to-be-identified areas. The delay in relocating returnees and the preparations that need to be put in place on resettlement sites (before relocation) are major challenges. The lack of adequate shelter and other basic necessities will most likely remain the key issues to be addressed.

Budget Summary
Rwanda Humanitarian Appeal 2006
Value (in CHF)
Shelter & constructions
Clothing & textiles
Food & seeds
Water & sanitation
Medical & first aid
Teaching materials
Utensil & tools
Other relief supplies

Susan Johnson Markku Niskala
Director Secretary General
National Society and Field Support Division

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Rwanda: Karamanga Apollinaire, Secretary General, Rwandan Red Cross, Kigali; Email:; Phone +, +; Fax +

In Kenya: Esther Okwanga, Federation Head of East Africa Sub-Regional Office, Nairobi; Email:; Phone +; Fax +

In Kenya: Getachew Ta'a, Acting Federation Head of East Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email:; Phone +; Fax + or Charles G. Byamugisha, Disaster Management Coordinator, East Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email:; Phone +; Fax +

In Geneva: Amna Al Ahmar, Federation Regional Officer for East Africa, Africa Dept.; Email:; Phone +41.22.730.44.27; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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