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Rwanda: Japan announces support to Burundian refugees hosted in Mahama Camp

The Government of Japan has announced their support to the UN Refugee Agency in Rwanda for the year 2021, funding the Burundian refugee response in Rwanda.

This generous contribution from the People of Japan will reinforce UNHCR’s intervention in the areas of health, protection, and voluntary return benefiting more than 54,000 Burundian refugees living in Mahama refugee camp, Eastern Province of Rwanda.

Mahama camp

In 2021, with thanks to the support of the Government of Japan in the amount of 856,136USD, UNHCR will continue to ensure that refugee population in Mahama camp has improved health status, and they are registered and provided proper documentations.

As part of the voluntary repatriation process that begun on 27 August 2020, the UNHCR partnership with the Government of Japan will allow around 40,000 Burundian refugees who would wish to return home in 2021 to be assisted to do so in safety and dignity.

Mr. Ahmed Baba Fall, UNHCR Representative in Rwanda commended the people and Government of Japan for their contribution, which will allow UNHCR to continue assisting vulnerable refugees to access better health care, obtaining proper documentation, and be facilitated to return to their home country voluntary.

Burundian refugees voluntary repatriation

“This support comes during a critical time, as the entire world faces an unprecedented public health emergency. We are thankful for the Government of Japan’s continued support to our refugee response and look forward to working together to provide critical protection services and humanitarian assistance to refugees in Rwanda, while supporting the implementation of durable solutions,” he said.

Source: UNHCR


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