International organizations and UN agencies operating in Rwanda have affirmed commitment to support the Government of Rwanda to respond to the emergency of Rwandans evicted from Tanzania Since the beginning of August 2013.
This was revealed in a coordination meeting held at Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) on August 22, 2013 in Kigali.
The meeting brought together about 20 organizations including UN agencies and International organizations.
UNHCR Representative Neimah Warsame, who also spoke on the behalf of the NDDRP, after the visit, an initial intervention plan for six months was dressed and all organizations demonstrated their respective commitments.
“We have adopted, and initial intervention plan for six months of emergency as we continue to think about the long-term solutions for those Rwandans evicted from Tanzania” said Neimah..
Neihmah Warsame also commended the Government of Rwanda for considerable efforts it invested in responding to such a serious emergency in a very short period of time.
Each organization made pledges to be implemented in a short period of times.
The pledges were made following a joint visit conducted by an expanded team comprising UN agencies and International Organizations, on August 20, 2013 at Kiyanzi Transit Center in Kirehe District, where about 3000 Rwandans evicted from Tanzania are hosted.
During that visit, delegates visited Rusumo border and Kiyanzi Transit center to assess how evictees are received and provided with necessary basic cares.
Government of Rwanda has provided necessary cares to Rwandans evicted from Tanzania since their arrival
The assistance to be provided by agencies will cover the areas of food and nutrition, transport, health, sanitation, education, shelter, children and mothers protection among others.
On the behalf of the Government, the Minister of Mukantabana Seraphine expressed sincere gratitude to UN agencies and International organizations operating in Rwanda for their existing contribution to backing the Government’s efforts during dreadful situation like this and pledged continued government support.
UN agencies and International organizations are grouped in the National Disaster Risk Reduction platform (NDRRP) which defines areas of interventions for every member during disasters and emergency situations.
Since the influx of Rwandans evicted from Tanzania, different categories of Rwandans, including local residents, religious and other charity organizations has demonstrated considerable commitment to assist by providing food and non-food items.
As of August 22, 2013, 3139 Rwandans evicted from Tanzania were hosted in different transit centers including: in Kiyanzi in Kirehe District, Rukara in Kayonza District and Gacundezi in Nyagatare District.