MAHAMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kirehe District, 29 November 2017 – UNICEF Rwanda, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) welcomed His Excellency Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda to Mahama Camp for Burundian refugees. The ambassador was accompanied by a delegation from the Embassy of Japan in Rwanda, as well as the UNICEF team, as they toured the camp to observe various programme activities and infrastructure funded by the Government of Japan.
Rwanda is faced with wide-ranging challenges and problems of environmental degradation. Home to about 11 million people, Rwanda is amongst the most densely populated country in Africa.
Influx of refugees adds to this population density burden and reinforces the already intense population pressure on the environment causing depletion of natural resources as well as exacerbating land scarcity problems.
This project seeks to ensure the protection and welfare of refugees and asylum seekers in Rwanda. The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee (MIDIMAR) on behalf of the Government of Rwanda ensures the protection of refugees and asylum seekers. Over 80% of the refugees’ population is located in six refugee camps of Rwanda, while just under 20% of the population lives in the greater urban areas of Kigali and Huye.
Numbers of refugees in camps:
In response to the recommendation of December 31, 2011, to declare the cessation clause for Rwandan refugees, and in an effort to ensure sustained return and reintegration opportunities for Rwandan returnees “the Sustainable Return and Reintegration of Rwandan Returnees was launched on the 29th November 2012”.
Through coordinated efforts, the Government of Rwanda through the overall coordination of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee MIDIMAR and the One UN in Rwanda developed a three year Joint Program to address specific needs of Rwandan returnees.
The total number of Burundian refugees in Rwanda is 88,500. Mahama Camp is hosting 56,379 of these refugees.
WASH facilities are being provided to the refugees in Mahama Camp as well in the two receptions centres, as per the standards.
Distribution of ready-to-use therapeutic food and micronutrient powder has been streamlined through Kirehe District Hospital.
We are a happy family after returning in our home country and getting our own house
Under the Sustainable Return and Reintegration Project of MIDIMAR, 75 houses were provided to most vulnerable Rwandan returnees. NDAGIJIMANA Jean Baptiste, 52, married to UWIMANA Alivera, 35, with 3 children is the beneficiary who received one of those houses.
By Joya Banerjee, Marie Rose Kayirwangwa, Mamy Ingabire Muziga on December 5, 2017
Martine’s* parents brought her to one of Rwanda’s Isange One Stop Centers that provide health services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). It was there that GBV officers trained by USAID - physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists and police - discovered that the young girl had an obstetric fistula as a result of sexual assault.
WFP continues to support a growing number of Burundian and Congolese refugees hosted in six camps in Rwanda. Additionally, WFP is building national capacity to design and manage home grown hunger solutions.
WFP urgently requires USD10.3 million for the next six months (November 2017 – April 2018) to meet the needs of the refugees.
The refugee operation’s resource situation remains critical. WFP has reduced rations by 10 percent in the November general food distributions in order to stretch available resources.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees, under the project “UNTFHS-Strengthening Human Security by Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters and Climate-Related Threats in Ngororero District”, trained the Members of the Sector Disaster Management Committees (SEDIMAC) in Ngororero District to increase their capacities in mitigating the risks of Disasters and strengthening awareness on laws related to the disaster risk management.
29 November 2017 – Mahama Refugee Camp – Kirehe District – UNICEF Rwanda, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) welcomed His Excellency Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda to Mahama Camp for Burundian refugees. The ambassador was accompanied by a delegation from the Embassy of Japan in Rwanda, as well as the UNICEF team, as they toured the camp to observe various programme activities and infrastructure funded by the Government of Japan.
Summary of major revisions made to this emergency plan of action:
Food access remains stable, except for refugees in camps
The Hon. DE BONHEUR Jeanne d’Arc, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees, paid a courtesy call on Mugombwa (Gisagara District) and Kigeme (Nyamagabe District) refugee camps from 15th to 16th November, 2017 to engage implementing partners and refugees to discuss the later living conditions.
In both refugee camps located in Southern Province, Hon. Minister stopped at different facilities and infrastructures in the camps including but not limited to shelters, schools, water and sanitation, health centre and environmental protection activities.
Le Comité international olympique (CIO) et le HCR font équipe pour la campagne ‘À ton tour de briller’ en faveur des camps de réfugiés qui manquent d’éclairage.
GENÈVE — Quatre millions de réfugiés à travers le monde vivent aujourd’hui dans plus de 230 camps sans éclairage adéquat. À la nuit tombée, toute activité s’arrête, et les conséquences sont terribles. Les familles et la communauté n’ont pas la possibilité de se retrouver ou d’organiser des activités ; plus rien n’est possible, ni travail, ni sport, ni culture, ni éducation, ni musique.