15 Rwandan Refugees Return From Zambia

15 Rwandan refugees living in Zambia on Tuesday have arrived in Kigali by bus.

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) received those refugees and argued that the Rwandan Government will continue to help refugees to return by helping them to get transport facilities.

Antoine Ruvebana the Permanent Secretary in MIDMAR, said that the Government will continue to support and reintegrate them. Returnees in their first days in the country will stay in the Hotel located in Kigali City.

Speaking to the press, returnees disclosed that they’re very glad to come back to Rwanda; they said that the time is over to continue living like refugees in foreign countries.

“We’re very happy to come back in our country, for more than ten years we’re living abroad, we left this country during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi,” said one of the returnees.

They commended Rwandan government for helping them return their country and its sensitization aimed at helping people to return home.

Chantal Ushizimpumu, said that they delayed to come back in the country due to misinformation alleging that there’s no peace and security in Rwanda.

Ruvebana from MIDMAR told media that Rwanda is ready to help anyone willing to return in the country by helping them to get transportation.

He confirmed that Rwandan government has an agreement with different cross boarder Transport Company to help refugees to come back in their native country.

He added that now MIDMAR has accord with RwandAir to bring back home refugees who flew in different African Countries like Malawi and Cameroon.

Rwanda has repatriated more than 3.3 million of its citizens since 1994, with just about 70,000 still regarding themselves refugees in various countries.

The United Nations Agency for Refugees has extended the implementation of the cessation clause to June 30 next year. The clause was supposed to be implemented on December 31, this year.

Story by Magnifique Migisha, a Journalist from Rwanda, East Africa.

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