British Hollywood actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw has met with refugees this week in Mahama and Gihembe refugee camps in Rwanda.
Mbatha remarked, according to UNHCR statement, the meeting is eye opening for it is an opportunity to meet people who have fled violence in their native countries.
“It has been eye-opening to meet the refugees who have fled unimaginable violence and suffering,and to hear their stories (…) Seeing how quickly the UNHCR team and partners worked to settle and give special assistance was incredibly impressive.” She said
”I have been able to see some amazing, positive UNHCR supported projects here in Rwanda, like MADE51 an inspiring initiative in which Burundian refugee women create beautiful products like bowls, baskets and bags for international sales.”Mbatha-Raw continued.
UNHCR’s Representative to Rwanda, Ahmed Baba Fall, said, ‘The Burundian and Congolese refugee crises remain two of the most chronically underfunded in the world.
UNHCR’s Rwanda programme is currently 14% funded, Burundi and Congolese situations are 11% and 10% respectively.
Rwanda has been hosting thousands of refugees for decades, and today supports over 150,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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