Rwanda has joined other nations across the globe in celebrating the World Refugee Day mostly dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.
Theme of World Refugee Day 2018 is: “Now more than ever, we need to stand #WithRefugees”
About 128,000 Congolese and Burundian refugees are currently living in Rwanda. Most of these refugees hosted in Rwanda have fled political violence and war from their countries.
Rwanda provides vocational trainings to refugees as a way of helping them create jobs. Others are already pursuing university education under the Kepler program.
According to Jeanne d’Arc Debonheur, Minister for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Rwanda is committed to host refugees in need of shelter, regardless of their origin, whenever international agreements/rules on refugees are observed.
Statistics by the United Nations High commission for Refugees indicates that an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees.
Of the 25.4million refugees across the world, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.