UNHCR launched a new program replacing non-food items with cash as support for Rwandan returnees upon their return to their home country to help them reintegrate into their communities after spending years—in some cases decades—in asylum abroad. UNHCR provides a mobile phone and a sim card to each returnee family so that the cash assistance can be delivered in the form of money transfers through mobile phones. In the midst of an escalating refugee crisis globally, UNHCR is working to close one of the world’s most protracted and large-scale refugee situations by launching a cash-based assistance program that will help Rwandan returnees make an informed choice to come home and support their reintegration into their communities. On 18 November UNHCR, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) and ADRA inaugurated the first modern transit centre in Rwanda to replace the 22 year old Nyagatare transit centre in Rusizi to initially host former Rwandan refugees returning home.
The Permanent Water Treatment Plant in Mahama Refugee Camp is now fully functional and was inaugurated on 30th November by UNHCR, MIDIMAR, UNICEF, Oxfam and DFID. This newly constructed water treatment system is especially important in Rwanda as it is a solution not only for Mahama’s refugees, but for the neighboring community as well. Story continued at www.unhcr.org/rw