RWANDA: UNICEF Report on Burundi and DRC Refugees, April 2018 – VIDEO
HIGHLIGHTS- APRIL 2018
• Due to incessant rains in the month of April, the temporary shelters hosting early childhood development (ECD) classrooms for about 2,700 Burundian children (3-6 years) collapsed. UNICEF carried out a quick assessment and temporarily accommodated the affected children in the existing facilities. The other two ECD learning in permanent centre and home-based is continuing. Immediate funds approx. US$ 200,000 are required to find a more permanent solution to the temporary shelters.
• Health and nutrition activities are ongoing with the support of the Government and implementing partners, exceeding the SPHERE standards. Child protection services are being integrated through the national child protection systems.
(UNHCR, 31 March 2018)
131,092 in refugee camps
57,407 Burundians in one camp
73,685 DRC refugees in five camps
(UNHCR, 31 March 2018)
are children 0-17 years
Situation overview and humanitarian needs
According to UNHCR statistics from 31 March 2018, there are 177,369 refugees and asylum seekers in Rwanda. Of these, 92,840 are Burundian refugees, 75,162 are Congolese refugees, 8,727 are asylum seekers, and 640 are refugees from various other countries. Nearly 50 per cent of the refugees and asylum seekers are children under 18. Two refugee camps for Congolese refugees were established in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and the other three camps were established in 2005, 2012 and 2014. In 2012, UNHCR took full responsibility for the Congolese refugee response. However, as an additional 10,000 Congolese refugees are expected in 2018, UNICEF has begun contingency planning and prepositioning of supplies.
Mahama Camp currently hosts 57,407 Burundian refugees, while the three reception centres (Bugesera, Nyanza and Gatore) host a total of 2,229 Burundian refugees. For the first time, the new transit centre in Nyarushishi received 399 new arrivals from Burundi during this reporting period. In addition, there are 34,922 Burundian refugees in the urban areas of Kigali and Huye.
There are 21,451 refugees who are particularly vulnerable due to serious medical conditions, disabilities, and those who are unaccompanied or separated children according to UNHCR.
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