UNHCR gives vehicles to institutions serving refugees in Rwanda

 UNHCR gives vehicles to institutions serving refugees in Rwanda

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), on May 26, 2014 donated three vehicles and four computers to institutions working around the clock for the wellbeing of refugees in Rwanda.

The organization donated to institutions such as Rwanda National Police (RNP), Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) and Immigration Services to back their acts of assistance and rescue missions to refugees.

After the donation Niemah Warsane, UNHCR country Representative said three institutions work closely in rescuing, serving and assisting refugees.

The donation comes as a humble gesture to back their usual acts of coming in aid to the refugees.

Currently, there are five refugee camps in the country, comprised of majority Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals, who fled clashes in the eastern part of the country.

Minister of MIDMAR  Séraphine Mukantabana thanked UNHCR for the donation adding that it will strengthen activities of assisting and handling refugee affairs.

DIGP Nsabimana also said the vehicles will also enhance the Police community policing programmes in refugee camps and transit centres.

The camps are Gihembe in Gicumbi District, Nkamira in Rubavu District, Nyabiheke in Gatsibo District, Kiziba in Karongo District and Kigeme in Nyamagabe District.

“Rwandan Police is engaged in various community activities in these camps to prevent gender and domestic violence, child abuse and drug abuse, and this is a boost to these awareness programes,” Nsabimana explained.

The Police force conducts periodic awareness in these camps, like in all other parts of the country, to enhance the crime prevention strategies.

Last year, the force conducted awareness programmes in these camps where Community Policing Committees (CPCs) were also established.

Community policing strategy brings the general public in solving localized problems or makes specific improvements that enhance the overall quality of life in the community.

This crime prevention approach increases a sense of responsibility for personal safety and problem solving among citizens and shifts from a predominantly reactive response to service calls, to proactive problem solving and increases effectiveness at resolving community-wide problems.

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