As of 26 April, 20,408 Burundian refugees crossed into Rwanda since 31 March. The majority of refugees are children and women. There is in an increasing trend in arrivals (in the last 3 days on average over 3,200 arrivals per day). It is estimated that 100,000 refugees may arrive within the next 3 months.
On 6 April, the National Disaster Management Executive Committee (NDMEC) activated the Contingency Plan on Mass Population Influx, with The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) and UNHCR leading the response. Prima Facie refugee status is being granted to the arrivals from Burundi.
Refugees are accommodated in Mahama Refugee Camp and 2 reception centres in Bugesera and Nyanza. The emergency response on the ground is coordinated by the MIDIMAR and UNHCR, engaging multiple partners, including UNICEF.
The main challenges in the response following a sharp increase in arrival are:
· Shelter for all
· Food distribution capacity
- UNICEF is supporting the response primarily in WASH, Early Childhood, Education, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition. A well-prepared contingency plan and availability of contingency stock helped to address immediate needs of refugees. However, the exponential growth in the numbers of refugees requires additional resources to quickly scale up the response and ensure readiness for additional new arrivals