Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda/photo:Internet Kiziba Refugee Camp, Rwanda The Kiziba Camp began in 1996 when violence erupted in the Congo. Years of ongoing violence between different rebel groups prevent the thousands of displaced from returning to their homes. JRS provides educational opportunities including life skills classes. END OF CAPTION CAPTION OLD WEBSITE KIBUYE, RWANDA - The Kiziba camp houses 18,000 refugees from the Congo live on 27 Hectares, at 2100 meters altitude for over 15 years. (Norm is 3 hectares per 1000 refugees). JRS serves 700 kingergardeners, 4,200 in primary school, 800 in secondary school, 210 in upper secondary, and 50 girls and 25 boys in an informal training center twice a year; cooking, electricity, home economics and nutrition. END OF CAPTION CAPTION CTV BOOK Kibuye, Near Lake Kivu, Rwanda More than 18,000 refugees from the Congo live on 67 acres, twice the UNHCR recommended population for that amount of land. Here at 2,100 meters altitude, JRS serves 700 students in kindergarten, 4,200 in primary school, 800 in secondary school, 210 in upper secondary, and 75 girls and boys in an informal training center to learn cooking, electricity, home economics and nutrition. The normal stay in a refugee camp is 18-20 years. The rows of buildings in the foreground are the classrooms. END CAPTION Kikuye [Rock in Kinyandrwandan] by Lake Kivu: Visit by JRS team to Kiziba camp housing 18,000 refugees from the Congo, on 27 Hectares, at 2100 meters altitude. [Norm is 3 hectares per 1000 refugees]. JRS serves 700 kindergardeners, 4,200 in primary school, 800 in secondary school, 210 in upper secondary, and 50 girls and 25 boys in an informal training center twice a year; cooking, electricity, house economics & nutrition. Kikuye [Rock in Kinyandrwandan] by Lake Kivu: Visit by JRS team to Kiziba camp housing 18,000 refugees from the Congo, on 27 Hectares, at 2100 meters altitude. [Norm is 3 hectares per 1000 refugees]. JRS serves 700 kindergardeners, 4,200 in primary school, 800 in secondary school, 210 in upper secondary, and 50 girls and 25 boys in an informal training center twice a year; cooking, electricity, house economics & nutrition.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda intends to carry out checkups on Congolese refugees who willingly wish to leave Rwanda.

UNHCR says it has already established the group in charge of fulfilling the task.

The director of refugee affairs unit at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee affairs (MIDMAR), Jean Claude Rwahama said the initiative was refugees’ idea

Kiziba refugee camp in Western Rwanda/photo:Internet 

“It is ordinary matter. Refugees have their rights to go home any time they wish to. Our role is to inform them about homeland security status “he said

“We let them aware of security status in their native regions, it is not all the regions that are not secure in DR Congo” he added

Rwahama emphasized the leave has nothing to do with recent riot in Kiziba Camp that resulted into 11 tragic deaths,80 injuries including eight police officers.

Recently,another refugee died following altercations with Rwanda National Police with what labeled violent youth groups within the Camp.

Kiziba Camp hosts about 17,000 refugees since 1996

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