A total of 151 Rwandan refugees have repatriated from various regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The 60 repatriated families including 8 men,52 women and 91 children arrived in Rwanda yesterday through Rusizi I border from Masisi and Karehe regions.
On arrival, they revealed their return was delayed over circulated rumors.
“I was born in Congo. My mother died and left me with my sole sister. People would inform us that repatriated refugees are killed but I have realized they lied to us,” said Mbonigaba Emmanuel.
“We got food by tilling for Congolese and would often flee over fighting between rebel forces. Others lied to us that repatriated refugees are killed but I have seen that it is not the case. I would like to encourage remaining refugees to return to Rwanda and escape the hurdles of being a refugee,” said Nyirarugendo Vivine.
HagumaI ldephonse, the head of Nyarushishi camp where repatriates have been settled as they wait for documents including identity cards, has requested them to join others to build the nation.
“All Rwandans across the world have a right to return an settle at home. We offer trainings to reintegrate repatriates in society, take them through current progress in unity and reconciliation so we can work together for social economic transformation among others,” he said.
They are set to receive food for three months, Mutuelle de Santé, identity cards and UNHCR financial support.