Rwanda Express (Kigali)

Rwanda: Refugees in Gihembe Refugee Camp Need More Schools for Their Children

The Congolese refugees in Gihembe refugee camp in Gicumbi District have called for help of their children education and are worried about going back home as 16 years of asylum have passed, yet there is no sign of peace in their country.

One of tormented areas where many refugees come from is the eastern part of Congo. They talked about this on the 20th.June.2012 during the celebration for refugees' day and they also talked about problems affecting their health and their daily lives.

As Jean Nsengiyera the Director of Gihembe refugee camp said, many of these refugees live in roofed houses though they are small but their big problem is education of their children as many years as refugees have affected their children as many of them had turned into criminals and others into idlers while others have taken out to be hose workers cooking and babysitting other children.

Some take to drug abuse and into prostitution and they think the only solution and help to their children is to get support with their education.

They said that if the government of Rwanda and other organizations that support them can give them education for their children it can be of a great help even when they return back to their country.

These refugees also said that they have a problem of lack of enough firewood and water which are part and essential to their daily lives.

Jean Claude Rwahama who is in charge of refugees affairs asked them to have patience while waiting for their country to gain peace.

He said that when people are refugees they are having problems but it does not mean that they should stay in their problems because every problem can find a solution.

He promised them that they will look for a way more schools can be added on the existing ones and the way they will keep protect the lives and education of their children.

Gihembe refugee camp has about 20.000 refugees and they are increasing on daily basis as about 200 refugees are said to be brought in at least every day.

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