11.04.2018 13:10 Age: 341 days

UN Refugee chief visits Gihembe camp and promises to help address problems facing refugees in Rwanda.

Hon. Minister DE BONHEUR Jeanne d'Arc with the UNHCR High Commissioner; Filippo Grandi touring Gihembe Refugee Camp.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Sunday 8th April, 2018 promised to find ways to address different problems facing Congolese refugees in Rwanda through engagement with other partners.

"We are going to try out new approaches. We are going to talk to World Food Program about food aid," Grandi said after visiting Gihembe Refugee Camp, in Gicumbi district; northern Rwanda.

He added that there is need to further empower Rwandan government efforts to serve refugees. Through enhancing refugee self-reliance, he added, “Refugees will be given opportunity to access work and other services.”

Refugees cited different problems they currently face in the camp; mainly insufficient nutrition, education, health services and old shelter. Gihembe refugee camp hosts 12,507 Congolese refugees.

The Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees; DE BONHEUR Jeanne d'Arc said the lasting solution lies in empowering refugees to sustain themselves through ways such as equipping them with life skills to create jobs until peace returns to their country; the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Grandi, who arrived in Rwanda from the DRC, travelled on to Burundi and Tanzania before winding down the trip.

On September 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

The declaration calls for refugees and migrants protection through comprehensive refugee response framework (CRRF); that involves national authorities, international organizations, international financial institutions, regional organizations, regional coordination and partnership mechanisms, civil society partners, faith based organizations and academia, the private sector, media and refugees themselves.

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