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.
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.
In 2015 when RUGEMANGABO Eloge, the President of Executive Committee of Burindian Refugees in Mahama Camp, came in Rwanda with his compatriots seeking for protection, they had a little hope for their future. “Now we are very grateful to the Government of Rwanda and different implementing partners for a granted protection and restoring our hope for the future,” said Eloge during the courtesy visit of Minister of MIDIMAR, Hon. De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc in Mahama camp on 20th September, 2017.
On 19th September, 2017 - The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) intervened in Gicumbi District and provided support to the population affected by heavy rain that hit and destroyed their homes on Sunday 17th September, 2017.
The heavy rain destroyed more than 55 houses. It washed away family belongings that were in those houses. It left affected population under a great need of support.
On September 15, 2017 - The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) in partnership with UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched the use of cooking gas in Nyarushishi transit centre, in Rusizi District, to improve health and reduce environmental damage caused by the excessive use of firewood.
The new gas program was launched by Hon. Mme De Bonheur Jeanne d’Arc and the UNHCR Head of Field Office, Mr. Ben Boubacar Diallo, .
On Wednesday, 16th August, 2017, the Ministry of Disaster Management and refugees handed 8 houses to 8 families residing in Cyanzarwe Sector, Rubavu District whose houses were destroyed by heavy rains and wind in 2010.
The houses were given to these families as a response to disasters that deeply affected the population. Further, to lift them from extreme poverty they were enforced to be in after the destruction of their houses.
In the evening of Monday 1st May 2017, ten Rwandan refugees from Zimbabwe, Uganda and Congo Brazzaville arrived in Rwanda for a three- day visit under the ‘Come and See, Go and Tell’ Program.
Most of them came expecting to see an unsecured and destroyed country. At their surprise, they found a new Rwanda that’s steaming ahead on the development, a country that is waiting to receive them with open arms.
The demand for energy in refugee camps has direct effects on the forests of Rwanda and the environment in general. Refugees being part of the Rwandan community now, they are reminded to be concerned with the environmental protection as well.
The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) is so much concerned about the use of firewood and charcoal which leads to deforestation and environmental problems in and around refugee camps.
Energy Saving Cooking Stove
This Wednesday 19 April 2017 - Two hundred seventy one Rwandan returnees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been received in Kijote Transit Center located in the Kijote village of Bigogwe Sector, Nyabihu district. The center is in charge of receiving Rwandan returnees while waiting to be reintegrated into the community.
Ngororero, Fenreuary 16, 2017 - Eleven families in Kabaya Sector, Ngororero District, have been relocated from high risk zones to the model village in Kimiramba. The Hon. Mukantabana Seraphine, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees and Mr. Lamin M. Manneh, UN Resident Coordinator, officially handed over the disaster resilient houses built under the One UN joint programme dubbed “Strengthening human security by enhancing resilience to natural disasters and climate-related threats in Ngororero District”. The construction of the houses was implemented by UN-HABITAT.
Kirehe District – 26 January 2017: Refugees in Mahama camp will access basic information and services on their health and wellbeing in two new durable health clinics, serving over 50,000 refugees from Burundi.
Ngororero, February 16, 2017 - Eleven families in Kabaya Sector, Ngororero District, have been relocated from high risk zones to the model village in Kimiramba. The Hon. Mukantabana Seraphine, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees and Mr. Lamin M. Manneh, UN Resident Coordinator, officially handed over the disaster resilient houses built under the One UN joint programme dubbed “Strengthening human security by enhancing resilience to natural disasters and climate-related threats in Ngororero District”. The construction of the houses was implemented by UN-HABITAT.
Kigali, December 20, 2016 - The Ministry of Refugees and Disaster Management (MIDIMAR) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda held a press conference in Kigali to recapitulate the key achievements in 2016 as well as progress towards the Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan returnees. The Hon. Minister of MIDIMAR Mukantabana Serafine and UNHCR Representative in Rwanda Mr. Saber Azam both commended the work achieved while also acknowledging the generosity of donors who made the achievements possible.
Ngororero, December 1, 2016 - Residents of Ngororero District are set to benefit from a United Nations project aimed at strengthening human security, enhancing resilience and improving disaster risk management of high-risk communities and most vulnerable populations.
Kirehe, November 30, 2016 - Refugees living in Mahama Camp will now enjoy safe water consumption after a water treatment plant was inaugurated at the camp.
Hon. Mukantabana Seraphine, Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, inaugurated the Permanent Water Treatment Plant accompanied by Azam Saber, UNHCR Representative to Rwanda; Ted Maly, UNICEF Representative and OXFAM Country Director, Patrick Wajero.
Kigali – October 20, 2016: As part of its humanitarian response to refugees in Rwanda, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in close collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), rolled out an advanced cash transfer mechanism for refugees using debit cards to allow them easily access their monthly cash entitlements and buy food of their choice. This card with multiple wallets can be used by different agencies to deliver smart assistance and ensure protection and dignity to refugees.
On 21 September, the Republic of Rwanda, Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands co-hosted the 9th Annual Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), “The Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians and the Responsibility to Protect,” in association with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
From 16-19 August 2016, officials from the Ministry of Disaster Management and refugee affairs (MIDIMAR), with partners conducted a tour in different District of the country to handover accommodations houses to 25 families of Rwandans who have returned from exile during different years back.
The beneficiaries included seven in Bugesera District, 10 in Nymasheke District, six in Rusizi and two in Nyamagabe District.
Tuesday August 02, 2016 was one of the happiest days for 34 refugee students who completed university studies in this academic year.
The students, from various refugee camps hosting Congolese refugees who graduated in the fields were beneficiaries of the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Programme (DAFI) in partnership with ADRA Rwanda.
The graduates and their parents expressed gratitude to the Government of Rwanda for having created an environment that allow refugees to have access to education at all levels.
The ambassador of Japan to Rwanda TAKAYUKI MIYASHITA reaffirmed the commitment of his country to continue to support Rwanda in the areas of Refugees and Disaster Management. He made the note on Monday July, 25 as he was received, in a courtesy call, by Minister Mukantabana Seraphine.
Welcoming the newly appointed Japanese ambassador to Rwanda, Minister Mukantabana acknowledged the contribution that the government of Japan has been providing through various humanitarian agencies to support Rwanda to deal with the problems related to refugees and to Disasters.