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Nyabihu: Former Refugees happy with Gov’t support

Posted on 29 April 2014

Nyabihu: Former Refugees happy with Gov’t support

Former refugees commend the government of Rwanda for extending development programs to help them become self-reliant

Refugees in Nyabihu district have commended the government over continuous support following the government’s donation to 87 families of Congolese refugees in all cells of Mukamira sector in Nyabihu district.

Twenty-Four goats, 54 sheep and nine pigs were donated on April 23rd 2014 on top of 6960 kilograms of potato seeds, over 835 kilograms of NPK 17.17.17 fertiliser, over 278 kilograms of Dethane, a pesticide, 10 spraying jerry cans and 174 hoes donated to former refugees in the first week of April 2014.

“Government has given us seeds and tools to cultivate and get food. We even have livestock that gives us money and composite manure for increased crop yields,” said Theogene Ndagijimana, beneficiary who returned from Congo in 2009.

“Rwanda is a peaceful country that caters for its residents. Apart from livestock and seeds, we received Rwf180.000 per family to help us reintegrate in the society,” said Dado Iratuzi, another returnee.

 “Rwanda committed to helping all Rwandans and foreign refugees in camps. Currently, we have up to 73000 Congolese refugees in camps while Rwandese refugees are reintegrated into society,” said Antoine Ruvebana, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs.

Livestock was donated on the funding of Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR), ONE UN and FAO.

Apart from livestock, Rwandese returnees will be given free education, Mutual Health Insurance and will be given iron sheets or finished houses.

Rwanda has four refugee camps; Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kiziba and Kigeme which was created to settle Congolese refugees.

There are 57.641 refugees in Rwanda of which 57.216 are from Congo.

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