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UNFPA donates to Burundian asylum seekers

For the last two weeks the Government of Rwanda has been receiving asylum seekers from neighboring Burundi.

“I am very happy to receive this donation. I was very worried about basic needs for expecting and new mothers,” said Ms Cesarie Mukamukama, an employee of the African Humanitarian action and health supervisor of the reception camp. She revealed that there are over two hundred pregnant women in the camp and that seven babies had been born to asylum seekers in the last two weeks.

Mr. Jean Paul Habineza, a nurse in the camp said that the UNFPA donation would help improve on the hygiene of mothers and babies. He commended UNFPA for supplying condoms sighting increasing demand for them within the camp. He said that the condoms would help avoid unwanted pregnancies among young people and couples and the spread of HIV.

He said that there is overwhelming demand for reproductive health services such as family planning yet the camp does not have facilities to offer those services.

UNFPA Representative, Mr. Jozef Maerien said that UNFPA and the UN family were committed to offering assistance to the Government of Rwanda to ensure the welfare of the asylum seekers.

The numbers

According to Mr. Azarie Karangwa, the Camp Manager, by 8am today the number of Burundians at the camp had risen to 7118 and is expected to increase. “We receive at least three hundred every day,” he said. He said that Government was preparing a larger camp in Kirehe District, where all asylum seekers would be taken.