Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness during the upcoming Rainy Season (March to May, 2019)

The Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management calls upon the Rwandan population to enhance Disaster risk mitigation measures ahead of the heavy rain season that may cause floods and landslides in some parts of the country, reduce agricultural yields due to Landslides, floods, hailstorms and windstorms as well as damages to Infrastructure.  This call was made during the press conference held at MINEMA on 28th February, 2019. 

“The whole community across the country need to play an important role to reduce their exposure to disasters through disaster risk prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Disaster risk mitigation activities necessitate more combined efforts from different sectors.” Said the Minister in Charge of Emergency Management, Germaine Kamayirese during the Press Conference.



International Disaster Risk Reduction Day Celebration and week-long activities to mitigate the disasters impact in Rwanda

Kigali, 12th October, 2018 - On the 8th time, Rwanda will, on 13th October, 2018, rally with the rest of the World to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) themed internationally “Reducing Economic Losses from Disasters Has the Power to Transform Lives” and nationally “Mitigating disasters to reduce economic losses/ Dukumire Ibiza, tugabanye igihombo bidutera”.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in Rwanda will be celebrated in all Districts.  The IDDR day aims at celebrating the way that people and communities around the world reduce their exposure to disasters and raise awareness about the risks that they face. This includes disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Specifically in Rwanda, this day will be a curtain raiser for the Disaster Risk Reduction Week. The later will start with the celebration of the International Disaster Reduction Day on 13th October, 2018 till 19th October, 2018.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Week (DRR Week) aims at increasing the awareness of the people about the negative impact of disasters on social, economic, and environmental development. Further, this week will enhance the awareness and skills of people in mitigating hydro-meteorological hazards and encourage every individual and population to take part in building disaster resilient community.

In a press conference held on 12th October, 2018 launching the DRR Week, Hon. Minister DE BONHEUR Jeanne d’Arc reminded the population that Disaster Risk reduction requires everyone’s efforts.

“The disaster risk mitigation activities require more unified efforts. From individuals to the public and private institutions, NGOs and other partners should take part in execution of disaster mitigation mechanisms in place. Specifically, we invite the population to respect all disaster mitigation measures in place.” the Minister of MIDIMAR reminded.

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees will, during this week, hold different activities. It will partner with the population to tightly fix the roofs of houses. There will also be the recovery and digging new water canals. The Ministry will in partnership with media houses carry out awareness activities including talk shows, publishing news opinions on disasters and holding a press conference to deeply inform the media and the population on the role of DRR week.  

This week will highlight the role of each and every one in disaster Risk reduction, to mitigate the similar situations of disasters like what happened in the previous months of this year, 2018. From January to September 2018, there have been occurrences of disasters that negatively impacted the population and claimed their lives.

234 people have been killed by disasters of different types since January to October, 2018. 268 were injured. 15, 264 houses were affected. 9412 ha of different crops have been destroyed and 797 livestock dead among other destroyed things.  The assessment conducted in 15 most affected districts, showed that disaster damages costed more than 204 billion from January to June, 2018.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) started in 1989 with the approval of the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989), the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13th as the date to celebrate the IDDR (resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009).      


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The Government of Rwanda and the UN Refugee Agency launched the issuance of Machine Readable Refugee Travel Documents

Kigali, 10th October 2018 - The Government of Rwanda through the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) together with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched the issuance of Machine Readable Convention Travel Documents for refugees hosted in Rwanda. The launching event was held at Kacyiru at the Headquarters of the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration at 11:00 am.   

The issuance of Machine Readable Convention Travel Documents is in line with the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees ratified by the Government of Rwanda in 1979, and in compliance with standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the recommendations made in May 2014 recommendations by the ICAO Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents.

The refugee travel document was first issued by the Rwanda Government to Burundian refugees during 1972/1973. This travel document was issued in accordance to the Convention of 28 July1951. This was during the pre-colonial and post-colonial period, when Burundi was colonized by Belgian Government and happened that the civil war broke up between ethnic groups in Burundi thus moved to neighboring countries including Rwanda. It was issued to Burundian refugees for purposes family reunification, resettlement and other different reasons.

The current Conventional Travel Document in use has been issued to refugees since 2004. It is a blank booklet manually filled. It was provided by UNHCR to Member State parties to the 1951 Convention, particularly those in the developing world. This document was produced in Geneva- Switzerland until recently.

Since the beginning of October 2018, it is issued to refugees by the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration (DGIE) in collaboration with the UNHCR. The new refugee travel documents are available to eligible refugees hosted in Rwanda.

The Machine Readable Refugee Travel Document includes personal data and photo of the refugee and a machine readable zone to conform to ICAO standards.

The launch today consisted in delivering Refugee Travel Documents to those refugees who have applied for them – their objective being to travel abroad.

The Government of Rwanda is also issuing refugee ID cards to refugees who are 16 years and above and to those whose card expired. This follows on the four Ccommitment made at the 2016 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees by the Government of Rwanda which consist in delivering valid refugee cards to refugees.

The launch was attended by the Hon. Minister of MIDIMAR, Director General (DG) DGIE and UNHCR Country Representative in Rwanda.

The Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees, Mme DE BONHEUR Jeanne d’Arc in her remarks emphasized that the issuance of Refugee Travel Documents will positively impact refugees’ daily lives and freedom of movements.

“One of the fundamental rights of refugees is the right of free movement in different countries except their country of origin. The Government of Rwanda committed to make sure that hosted refugees get access to legal documents which will facilitate them to have access to different services including safe and free cross border movement,” said the Minister.

The Director General of Immigration and Emigration, Mr. Anaclet KALIBATA in his remarks indicated that this is an important achievement in the history of issuance of travel documents in Rwanda. The Government of the Rwanda working with UN Refugee Agency is able to produce and issue Refugee Travel Documents to refugees which are machine readable at an affordable price.

UNHCR Representative in Rwanda, Mr. Ahmed BABA FALL commended the extent to which the Government of Rwanda is fulfilling its commitments and for its continuous support to refugees. He underlines that such travel documents will have an important impact on the life of refugees seeking to do gainful activities across the borders such as business, study, medical treatment or family reunification.

Article 28 of the 1951 Geneva Convention on refugees states: “The Contracting states shall issue to refugees lawfully staying in their territory travel documents for the purpose of travel outside of their territory, unless compelling reasons of national security or public order otherwise require, and provisions of the schedule to this convention shall apply with respect to such document.”




Kigali, 30 April 2018 – The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees informs the public that a series of measures have been taken to normalise the situation in the Kiziba Refugee Camp following recent unrest.

Preliminary findings have established that a core issue causing unrest in the Kiziba Camp was the refugees’ executive committee, which was established to help in the management of the camp, but has instead been mobilising refugees to revolt against government officials and partner institutions, denying them access to the camp, and causing disorder among the refugees, thereby rendering the camp and its surroundings unsafe.

The Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees, has, pursuant to Ministerial instructions N0 0I/2017 of 3 November 2017 on conduct of elections in refugee settings, decided to dissolve the refugees’ executive committee with immediate effect, as one of the measures to restore law and order in the camp and its surroundings.

The Ministry has also directed that violent, unruly and provocative conduct in the camp is unlawful and must stop immediately to restore peace, law and order, as well as allow for dialogue to resolve any existing or emerging challenges.

The Government of Rwanda is duty bound to provide safety to all Rwandans and refugees hosted in Rwanda. The Ministry therefore calls on all refugees to cooperate in restoring normalcy in the camp, and gives notice that any person attempting to interfere with this process will be in violation of the law and will be held to account.

The Government of Rwanda will continue to work with various partners, including UN agencies, to improve the wellbeing and protection of all refugees living in Rwanda.

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Kigali, 30 Mata 2018– Nyuma y’igihe hagaragara ibikorwa by’imyigaragambyo mu nkambi y’impunzi ya Kiziba, Minisiteri y’Imicungire y’Ibiza n’Impunzi iramenyesha ko hari ibyemezo byafashwe mu rwego rwo kugira ngo ibikorwa bikomeze kugenda neza muri iyi nkambi.

Igenzura ry’ibanze ryagaragaje ko ikihishe inyuma y’iyi myigaragambyo ari Komite ihagarariye impunzi yari ifite inshingano zo gufasha mu inozabikorwa mu nkambi, aho kuzuza izi nshingano, igakomeza gushishikariza impunzi kwigumura ku nzego z’ubuyobozi bwa Leta ndetse n’abafatanyabikorwa; zikababuza kugera mu nkambi, zigateza akaduruvayo mu nkambi, bigateza umutekano muke mu nkambi no mu nkengero zayo.

Minisitiri w’Imicungire y’ibiza n’impunzi, ashingiye ku mabwiriza ya Minisitiri No 01/2017 yo ku wa 3 Ugushyingo 2017 agena imigendekere y’amatora ya komite mu nkambi no mu migi, afashe icyemezo cyo guhagarika komite ihagarariye impunzi mu nkambi ya Kiziba kandi iki cyemezo kigatangira kubahirizwa guhera uyu munsi, nka kimwe mu byemezo byo gusubiza ibintu ku murongo n’iyubahirizwa ry’amategeko mu nkambi no mu nkengero zayo.    

Minisiteri kandi iramenyesha ko imyitwarire mibi, akaduruvayo n’ubushotoranyi bigaragara mu nkambi ya Kiziba bihabanye n’amategeko kandi ko bigomba guhita bihagarara hagamijwe kugarura amahoro, umutekano no kubahiriza amategeko mu nkambi no gukoresha ibiganiro mu gukemura ibibazo bihari.

Guverinoma y’u Rwanda ifite inshingano zo kurinda umutekano w’abanyarwanda bose n’uw’impunzi icumbikiye. Ku bw’ibyo rero, Minisiteri irahamagarira impunzi zose gufasha mu gusubiza ibintu ku murongo mu nkambi, kandi ko uzagerageza kubangamira ishyirwa mu bikorwa ryabyo, azaba yishe amategeko kandi akabihanirwa.

Guverinoma y’u Rwanda izakomeza gukorana n’abafatanyabikorwa batandukanye, barimo amashami y’Umuryango w’Abibumbye mu kuzamura imibereho no kwita ku mpunzi zose zicumbikiwe ku butaka bw’u Rwanda.  

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