CERF releases more than $3 million to Congolese refugees in Rwanda

18 June 2013: The continuing precarious security situation in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has triggered massive displacement within the DRC as well as outflows to neighbouring countries, including Rwanda. The refugee influx has strained Rwanda’s financial resources.

An estimated 15,117 people from Kitchanga, Kilolirwe, Burungu, Mushaki and Nyamitaba in Masisi territory in the DRC have fled to Rwanda. Some 5,000 refugees found shelter the Kigeme camp or have reunited with their families. The remaining 10,859 refugees urgently need help.

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided a rapid response grant of US$3,152,423, distributed among four United Nations agencies. The allocations are expected to benefit 10,000 people.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will use $684,093 in CERF funding to provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. In addition, UNICEF will ensure protection of the children among the refugees.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will use $1,593,835 to ensure protection.

With a $692,833, allocation, the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide emergency food assistance to the refugees in Rwanda.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will use its CERF allocation of $179,662 to provide health assistance to curtail the threat of water-borne diseases.