10, 000 Congolese refugees relocate to new camp

First batch of Congolese refugees arrive at mugombwa refugees camp

First batch of Congolese refugees arrive at mugombwa refugees camp

About ten thousand Congolese refugees will move to the newly opened camp—

Mugombwa refugees’ camp set up by the government of Rwanda in Gisagara District in the South of Rwanda.

The refugees will be relocated from Nkamira Transit Center in Rubavu District where they have lived since 2012.

The relocation of refugees from Nkamira Transit Center commenced on February 16, 2014 and the operation will continue until the whole population  transferred to the new camp.

The Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee affair (MIDIMAR) Seraphine Mukantabana reaffirmed the commitment of the government of Rwanda to protect refugees and ensure their effective assistance as long as they are on Rwandan territory.

She said that the government will continue to participate to all initiatives meant at both regional and international levels to restore peace in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so that refugees can go back to their home country.

The move comes as a response to the international standards requiring that refugees should not stay near the borders of the country they fled.

Nkamira Transit Center will be used only for the reception of Rwandan returnees, as it has been its predominant purpose of establishment.

The minister also thanked UNHCR representative in Rwanda Neihmah Warsame, for her commitment and continued support to the government of Rwanda in handling the emergency of Congolese refugees’ influx that started since April 2012.

According to Warsame, the relocation of refugees from Nkamira to Mugombwa camp is being done simultaneously with establishment of infrastructures like shelters, and other necessary services.

Mugombwa Refugee camp covers a 47, 7 hectares land.  Infrastructures like, schools, water and sanitation have been established at the new camp, to serve both refugees and local communities.

Mugombwa camp becomes the fifth for Congolese refugees in Rwanda added to Gihembe  in Gicumbi District in the Nothern Province, Nyabiheke in Gatsibo District in Eastern Province, Kiziba in Karongi District in the Western Province and Kigeme camp in Nyamagabe District in Southern Province.

Currently Rwanda hosts more than 73,000 Congolese refugees in five refugee camps through out the country.

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