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17 Oct 2017 description

Plus de 55 000 réfugiés burundais vivent aujourd'hui dans le camp de Mahama. Situé dans la province orientale du Rwanda, ce camp accueille des personnes ayant fui l'agitation politique que connaît le Burundi depuis avril 2015.

Dans le cadre du programme du CICR visant à permettre le rétablissement des liens familiaux dans la région des Grands Lacs, la délégation de Kigali a distribué des cartes SIM aux réfugiés burundais accueillis dans le camp de Mahama. L'idée est de faciliter la reprise de contact direct entre les membres des familles burundaises dispersées.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Caritas

Burundi has been in turmoil since June 2015, when the incumbent president was re-elected for a controversial third term. Hundreds of people were killed in the unrest and violence that followed, and hundreds of thousands have fled the country for safety. Rwanda is among the neighbouring nations offering sanctuary to Burundian refugees. Alan Whelan reports from the Trócaire-supported Mahama refugee camp in eastern Rwanda.

12 Oct 2017 description

More than 55,000 Burundian refugees call Mahama camp home. The main camp located in the eastern province of Rwanda accommodates people who fled the political unrest in Burundi, which began in April 2015.

As part of the ICRC's Restoring Family Links programme in the Great Lakes region, the Kigali Delegation distributed SIM cards to Burundian refugees in the Mahama camp. The idea is to make it easier for the people to directly reconnect with their families.

10 Oct 2017 description

The Minister of MIDIMAR, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc together with the UNHCR Representative to Rwanda, Mr. Ahmed Baba Fall and other implementing partners visited Kiziba Congolese refugees’ camp on 29th September, 2017 to assess the living conditions of refugees in Kizaba camp.

Visiting Kiziba Refugee camp, oldest camp in Rwanda and a home to 17,166 Congolese, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc stopped at different facilities available in the camp. She visited the water supplying facilities, health posts and classrooms used by students of different levels among others.

10 Oct 2017 description

From 25th- 29th September, 2017, 15 Rwandan refugees exiled in different countries since 1994 participated in the “Come and See, Go and Tell” programme organized by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees in partnership with UNHCR.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Bruxelles) – L’armée du Rwanda a régulièrement arrêté illégalement et torturé des détenus, en recourant à des passages à tabac, des asphyxies, des simulacres d’exécution et des décharges électriques, a déclaré Human Rights Watch dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Beatings, Asphyxiations, Electric Shocks, Mock Executions to Extract Confessions Show More Services

(Brussels) – Rwanda’s military has routinely unlawfully detained and tortured detainees with beatings, asphyxiations, mock executions, and electric shocks, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

08 Oct 2017 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Only 12 per cent of the $429 million needed to meet the needs of Burundian refugees across the region had been received by August, according to UNHCR.

  • The funding challenge has been linked to the rise of massive displacement in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa such as Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan.

Lack of funding has hampered reception of refugees and the quality of protection offered by host countries, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said.

06 Oct 2017 description

The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) today launched an online exhibition that provides insight into the suffering of children during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 and the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

05 Oct 2017 description

Country update

As of 30 June 2017, there are over 85,741 Burundian refugees in Rwanda, which was already hosting some 83,000 Congolese refugees and asylum seekers prior to the start of the Burundi crisis. New arrivals continue to enter the country, while inter-agency population planning most likely scenario for 2017 was estimated to be 115,000 Burundian refugees in Rwanda by end 2017.

30 Sep 2017 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Andrej Mahecic – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 29 septembre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le HCR, l’agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, lance un appel à davantage de soutien de la part de la communauté internationale en faveur des réfugiés burundais et des communautés qui les accueillent, alors que la pénurie chronique de fonds entrave sérieusement les efforts humanitaires dans les pays d’asile.

29 Sep 2017 description

With only 12 per cent funding, UNHCR and aid partners are grappling with increasing needs of Burundian refugees.

By Cathy Wachiaya in Mahama, Rwanda | 29 September 2017

After fleeing violence in Burundi, Charlene Natete, her husband Jean-Marie and their two children, Alice, 7, and four-year-old Vestinne, are relieved when they finally reach Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda’s Eastern province. But, even here, their worries are far from over. All they own now is contained in a single bag.

29 Sep 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Arrestations, disparitions forcées, menaces contre des opposants

(Nairobi, le 29 septembre 2017) – Au Rwanda, des opposants politiques sont arrêtés, victimes de disparition forcée et font l’objet de menaces depuis les élections présidentielles du mois d’août 2017, a déclaré aujourd’hui Human Rights Watch. Le président en place, Paul Kagame, a remporté les élections avec un score annoncé de 98,79 pour cent des voix.

29 Sep 2017 description

Short term: June - September 2017 Mid-term: October 2017 - January 2018

Minimal food security outcomes expected to persist during lean season

Key messages

29 Sep 2017 description
report Caritas

“I would die overnight and dry up like a piece of wood.” Mbarushimana Honorata is a Burundian refugee living in Mahama camp in Rwanda. Like many Burundians in the camp, the 84 year old grandmother struggled with the food provided by the UN. The corn and beans they received were hard to grind, require strong teeth and can be tough on the stomach. “It was then that Caritas intervened and saved me from death,” she said.

29 Sep 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Nairobi, September 29, 2017) – Rwandan authorities have arrested, forcibly disappeared, and threatened political opponents since the August 2017 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said today. The incumbent, Paul Kagame, won the election with a reported 98.79 percent of the vote.

Those targeted include a would-be independent presidential candidate, Diane Rwigara, and her family members and supporters, and several leaders and members of the Forces démocratiques unifiées (FDU)-Inkingi opposition party.