Gisagara: New Refugee Camp receive 350 Congolese
The Minister for Refugees affairs and Disaster Management Seraphine Mukantabana say her ministry is doing everything possible to make Congolese refugees in Rwanda attain better social welfare.
About 350 Congolese refugees came to Rwanda fleeing from the insecurities in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday the 19th, 02, 2014 and joined about the same number that had come two days earlier.
During the last week official opening of the new Refugee camp in Mugombwa sector in Gisagara district, Minister Mukantabana promised to provide better and sufficient shelter to the Congolese refugees in Rwanda.
Meanwhile, this Refugee camp will also provide shelter to Congolese refugees who were temporarily in Nkamira Refugee Camp in Rubavu district.
They were taken to Mugombwa Refugee Camp as a way of finding them a spacious place to live in while respecting the International Human Rights. The government told them to be cautious of the environment around the Refugee Camp, saying that destroying their surroundings would be endangering their own health.
The Congolese refugees in this Refugee camp said so far they have been treated well in Rwanda and hope to settle and find technical work to do and provide for their needs.
Minister Seraphine Mukantabana added that Refugees were brought in the new Refugee Camp to avoid overpopulation in Nkamira Refugee Camp which had already received about 10, 000 since the beginning Congolese flow to Rwanda fearing Eastern DRC tentions. Nkamira Camp has a capacity of only 2500 people.
This new Mugombwa Refugee camp is capable of accommodating 10, 000 people and there is space for renovations. According to the Ministry, the camp will keep receiving about 1000 refugees weekly from Nkamira Refugee Camp up to April 2014.