Kristin Davis, Hollywood actress and UNHCR High Profile Supporter, visited Rwanda in December 2016 to better understand UNHCR’s operation to ensure protection and assistance for the over 165,000 refugees. During her visit, Ms. Davis met with Congolese and Burundian refugees living in camps and also a group of urban refugees who work as community organizers in Kigali. Supporting UNHCR’s efforts to mobilize resources for its refugee programmes, Ms. Davis filmed in both Gihembe and Mahama camps to showcase the work of UNHCR and to highlight both the tremendous needs, but also the remarkable resilience, of refugees. Story continued at www.unhcr.org/rw
On 20 January 2017, the UNHCR Representative, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), and the WFP Representative undertook a joint trip to Kigeme camp to evaluate environmental damages caused by heavy rains and to witness an exceptional distribution of rice to refugees. Based on a specific request of the government, WFP was able to distribute to refugees a one-time kilogram of rice to each family.