30.06.2014 14:46 Age: 5 yrs

Gihembe refugee camp

Gihembe refugee camp landscape

Gihembe refugee camp is located in Byumba town, Kageyo Sector of Gicumbi District in Northern Province, 60 km North from Kigali City. This camp was established in December 1997 to host Congolese refugees who fled conflicts in the Eastern DRC and initially hosted at Mudende camp in Rubavu District.

Following attacks by armed groups at Mudende camp, the Government of Rwanda and UNHCR decided to move refugees far from the border, and then Gihembe camp was established to accommodate survivors of those attacks that had caused several causalities to some of these refugees.

As of December 2017, the total population of refugees in Gihembe camp was 12,473 refugees. 99, 9% of the population is predominately Congolese nationals originating from North and South Kivu Provinces of Masisi, Rutshuru and Kalehe Territories, and from Katanga and Oriental Provinces.