The move has been announced today by the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) after relocating the last batch of refugees from Gihembe to Mahama camp in Kirehe district.
“The relocation of refugees from Gihembe to Mahama camp has been concluded with the evacuation of 911 refugees in the last batch. The next move is to use the plot of land and its surroundings for environment preservation efforts. The aim is to resettle refugees to safe places which are not prone to life-threatening incidences,” the ministry has tweeted.
Gihembe camp accommodated 9,922 refugees from 2227 families who arrived in Rwanda in 1977.
They were firstly camped in Mudende before getting relocated to Gihembe refugee camp.
Speaking to the media recently; Goretti Murebwayire, Gihembe camp manager said that the relocation is meant to protect refugees’ wellbeing by resettling them in a more decent place.
“They should not be worried about the relocation to Mahama because the camp has been operational. Refugees with businesses will continue to enjoy such opportunity in Mahama camp and receive existing support. I would like to assure them that Mahama is more decent than this camp,” she explained.