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UNICEF Rwanda Humanitarian Situation Report - Burundi Refugees, 31 January 2017



  • The number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda has increased to 84,194, with about 52,520 refugees living in Mahama Camp.

  • The prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) is decreasing over time compared to the last screening (from 4.1% in July 2015 to 2.6 % in December 2016).

  • The first permanent Early Childhood Development centre is operational in Mahama.

  • As a result of routine immunisations in reception centres, no vaccine-preventable diseases were reported in Mahama Camp since the initial influx of Burundian refugees to Rwanda.

  • UNICEF would like to acknowledge the timely and generous contributions of donors, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA CERF), the Republic of Korea, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) who have supported critical interventions in Mahama Camp.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

According to the Government of Rwanda and UNHCR statistics, as of 23 January 2017 there are 84,194 Burundian refugees in Rwanda, with 52,520 registered in Mahama Camp. The number of refugees in the three reception centres (Bugesera, Nyanza and Gatore) is 821, and approximately 30,853 refugees are living in urban areas of Kigali and Huye. In the last two weeks of December 2016, the rate of arrival of new refugees ranged from 22 to 80 per day, most of whom were women and unaccompanied or separated children.