UNICEF Rwanda Humanitarian Situation Report - Burundi Refugees, 20 July 2017

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 20 Jul 2017


  • The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda has increased to 86,600. Of this, 54,257 refugees are living in Mahama Camp.

  • Successful “Back to school campaign” resulted in 2,300 children entering/re-entering school. Education is being supported to build capacity, improve quality, and increase access impacting 389 teachers and more than 20,000 children.

  • The construction of the first permanent ECD centre was completed and handed over to MIDMAR and UNHCR in March. The centre has now enrolled 402 children aged 3-6 years who are benefitting from an integrated ECD package.

  • UNICEF Rwanda is grateful to the Department of International Development (DFID), the Government of Japan, Republic of Korea, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), USAID, US Fund for UNICEF, and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), for their support to the critical interventions in Mahama Camp.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Throughout the first half of 2017, the arrival of new Burundian refugees into Rwanda continued slowly but steadily. The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda increased by 2,300 in the last 6 months and has reached 86,600. Rwanda currently hosts about 20.8 per cent of the regional refugee caseload from Burundi. In response, the Government has opened a new transit centre in Nyarushishi, in addition to the existing three reception centres (Bugesera, Nyanza, and Gatore). The total number of refugees in these reception and transit centers is currently 463, and the total population of Mahama camp is 54,257. The number of refugees in the urban areas of Kigali and Huye is 30,908.