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The return of Rwandan refugees strengthened

Written by: Administrator
Friday, February 17th, 2017, 12:00

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has announced that it is going to start a new way that will facilitate the issuance of cash assistance to Rwandan refugees who return home, mainly from a number of sub-Saharan African countries.


Each returnee family will receive a mobile phone and a sim card with an activated Airtel Money account so that the cash assistance can be delivered in the form of money transfers through phones.


The decision to move to cash is intended to encourage more Rwandan refugees in the region to return home as the deadline of the Cessation Clause is scheduled to come to an end at the close of this year, 2017.


Cash based-assistance will ensure that the basics needs of the returnees are met in a more efficient manner, but also in a way that fosters more independence and dignity,” said Mr. Saber Azam, UNHCR Representative in Rwanda.


UNHCR anticipates a planning figure of 20,000 refugees returning to Rwanda for 2017.


Rwandan refugees will receive a cash grant of USD $250 about rwf200,000 per adult and USD $150 about Rwf122, 000per child.


Previously, UNHCR distributed essential household items to refugees upon their return, but most of the time returnees would sell part or all of what was provided in order to get cash to buy other products they truly need. 


Last year in November 2016, at Nkamira Transit Center in Rubavu district, UNHCR launched the cash assistance program to Rwandan refugees who returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to test the initiative and to see if it would be well received by the refugees.  By the end of the year 403 families were supported.



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