22.06.2017 08:32 Age: 58 days

WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2017- “LET US CELEBRATE WORLD REFUGEE DAY AS WE WORK TOWARDS SELF-SUSTAINABILITY”

Promptly following the implementation of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 55/76 on 4th December 2000, which decided that, from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day, Hosting countries, the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency(UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world host the World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees displaced worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, oppression, conflict or persecution.

Annual Commemoration

At the occasion to mark the world refugee day, 20th June 2017, in Rwanda the national celebration took place in Kiziba Refugee Camp where the Hon. Minister MUKANTABANA Seraphine, UNHCR Representative Hon. Azam Saber joined refugees to honor their courage, strength and determination after being forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence with the theme “Let us celebrate as we work towards self-sustainability”. “Twizihize umunsi w’Impunzi twiyubaka”.

During the celebration, refugees living in Kiziba Camp expressed their joy and happiness putting on dramatic performances; music, dance and Karate shows for the audience and delegates.

60 classrooms, 66 Latrines, 1 Kitchen and Sporting activities have officially been inaugurated by Hon. Minister MUKANTABANA Seraphine during the event. These constructions have been made with the great support of UNHCR through ADRA Rwanda. The Government of Rwanda’s wish is the integration of children refugees into the Rwandan public school system to allow them to continue their education and to have the same level of education as Rwandan Children.

In her speech, Hon. Minister reminded parents that they must support their children to attend school, and that every child must take education seriously, she emphasized the importance of attending school to refugees. She also appealed to them to use the opportunity they have of being sheltered in a country that immensely values them, ensures they are not only hosted but also helped to transform their lives and work hard to sustain themselves.

As part of World Refugee Day National Commemoration, on Monday 19th June 2017, a working breakfast organized by Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) and Financial Sector Deepening (FSD Africa) took place bringing together senior representatives from Banks, MFIs, Insurance companies and MNOs, experts from UNHCR, the Government of Rwanda, Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) and other development agencies as well as a panel including three refugees from Gihembe Camp.

Main discussions were about small loan facilitation modalities for local NGOs that will be working in camps through Livelihood program and how to facilitate refugees who may wish to do small businesses.

Experts Conviction

During speeches, Diplomats, head of UN agencies and representative of refugees thanked the government of Rwanda for having believed and recognized the ability refugees have to bring significant economic benefit, for having integrated Refugees in the Rwandan Education System and for having consistently expressed commitment to its international obligations to receive and protect refugees fleeing persecution in other countries.

Refugees Hope

NSHIMIYIMANA Dogon, a very focused and young refugee shared his hopes and achievements despite his struggles of fleeing his home, losing his whole family and overcoming the stigma of being a refugee through hard work. He is now a University graduate and going to pursue a Master’s Degree in International education at New York University: “Those who made us flee our country Congo took our homes but they didn’t take our future and they can’t” said Dogon NSHIMIYIMANA, a Congolese refugee.

Dogon NSHIMIYIMANA

The main objectives which were intended to be achieved during this World Refugee Day commemoration were to express solidarity with thousands of refugees who have sought safe haven to Rwanda, acknowledge good collaboration Rwanda has had with other National and International partners in the protection of refugees and Reflect on how refugees can partly find solutions by creating jobs for themselves wherever they are hosted.

Event in pictures

 

Inauguration of classrooms

Inauguration of Sporting activities

 

Karate Show

Traditional dance

 

Fashion show performed by Mahama camp’s Refugees

 

 


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