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Kigeme Refugee Camp

Kigeme refugee camp

Kigeme refugee camp is located in Nyamagabe district of the southern province, about 150 Km from Kigali and 120 km from the Bukavu border.

This camp was established in 2012 to host refugees who fled fierce fighting between FARDC soldiers and the M23 rebels.

That camp originally hosted some 2,100 Burundian refugees until May 2009. The Government of Rwanda re-opened and expanded it in June 2012 in order to host thousands of refugees who had been temporally received in Nkamira transit center in Rubavu near the borders of Rwanda-Goma.

Kigeme camp is extended on two-hills site divided by the main road to Kigali. The two hills are referred to as Site A and Site B and together constitute 34 hectares.

As of December 2017, the total population of refugees in Kigeme was 20, 043. 99% of those refugees originated from North Kivu Provinces in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and are Kinyarwanda speakers

The Management and coordination in Kigeme refugee camp is done by the Government of Rwanda and the One UN led by UNHCR which delivers with other agencies taking sector leads in their areas of expertise.