Japan supports Mahama Refugee Camp with Rwf 500 million worth of facilities

On 6 December 2017 at 02:31

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Embassy of Japan in Rwanda last week inaugurated facilities constructed in Mahama Refugee Camp which will help in education and welfare of youth and children.

Inaugurated facilities include a computer room constructed at Paysanat School which hosts students from the community around the camp and refugee students. Other facilities from inside the camp include children toys, library and a workshop that teaches different practical skills and sanitation programmes in the camp.
Worth $640,000 (about Rwf500,000,000) the facilities were funded by Japanese Government.

The Ambassador of Japan in Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita said that they were pleased with implementing their idea which will promote welfare of refugee.

“We found it necessary to help them so that life could run smoothly. We support people who are in bad conditions. We are happy that our project was well implemented,” Miyashita said.

He said that they were committed to support refugees overcome tough life they are enduring in the camp.

“This camp is big; people are congested and live in a flat surface which is why they need sanitation. Hygiene is very crucial because when a neighbor gets sick, it can directly affect others, that is why we supported existing sanitation programmes. Children grow every day, we need to support them so that they will have bright future,” he added.

UNICEF Country Director, Ted Maly said that they found it necessary to help refugee children live the same life as others from the outside communities. He said that they want to shape children’s future so that they will be self-reliant.

“It’s a pleasure to see children study by using computers; we all know the importance of computers in development. When children are out of classroom too, they need good compound for leisure and entertainment. We much value refugee children’s welfare,” he added.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative to Rwanda, Ahmed Baba Fall hailed the support saying that it will help the camp continue to be the best in Africa.

“Mahama is among best African Refugee Camps, when you consider its position and standard it is the modern camp compared to others from Africa,” Baba said.
However, Baba said that sustainable solution would be to solve security problems in Burundi to enable refugees be repatriated.