Confession Of A Rwandan Refugee From Burundi


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prescription geneva;”>ampoule sans-serif;”>“I’m really happy to have returned home, discount ” she said as she sat at Akanyaru border waiting for her travel documents to be cleared by the Immigration office.

Uwihoreye’s return comes after she and twelve other Rwandan refugees living in Burundi visited the country as part of the “Garuka Urebe “(Come and See) programme.

The programme seeks to encourage refugees to directly witness the country’s socio-economic, political and security situation so that they can go back to sensitize their colleagues in exile to voluntarily repatriate.

As she welcomed the refugees, Brenda Chantal, in charge of repatriation in the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, said the country is safe and has introduced several programmes to encourage development.

She urged them to hold the programmes and work hard as a way of boosting their productivity and improving their living conditions.

After repatriating, Uwihoreye witnessed how Rwanda has developed. “The country has gone a long way in development,” she said.

“I wish I would have returned the next day (after my visit), but the procedure obliged me to wait a few more days in exile”, she added.

From socio-economic development to security achievements, Uwihoreye said, after her recent visit to the country, she concluded that there were no other reasons she should stay in exile.

“The country is secure and residents have made significant achievements in improving their livelihoods,” she added.

“When I left the country for exile, only a few Rwandans in my village had cows. But when I came back for the tour two weeks ago, I was welcomed with milk in my village. Almost all the widows have cows they received from government. So, why should I remain in Burundi?” she asked.

Uwihoreye left her home village in Ngera sector, Nyaruguru district, early 2000. She yolf our corp that at the time, residents in their area “were severely hungry” that she decided to flee to Burundi.

“Life was very difficult. We lived in hard conditions,” she revealed.

Uwihoreye at the border opening her bags to be checked at the border

She added: “People used to tell refugees that Rwandans were starving, that anyone who returns is immediately arrested or killed, that all men had been executed. They even told us that failure to subscribe to the community health insurance leads to jail and other negative messages about the country.”

When she arrived at Akanyaru border on Wednesday afternoon, she headed straight to her home village. She was accompanied by her daughter, Jacqueline Dusabimana, a mother of one child, and their colleague, also a mother.

Uwihoreye believes other refugees will repatriate soon as she helped spread messages about the real situation within the country. And she assured that she will keep encouraging the refugees to repatriate.


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