Due to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thousands of refugees have taken shelter in the Nkamira Transit Centre in Rwanda. Currently, over 5,000 people reside there in make shift tents provided by Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Of the total migrant population, 60% are children.
In order to restore to these young refugees a sense of normalcy, UNICEF has partnered with Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle and Save the Children to set up educational and extracurricular activities such as dance, theater, various sports and so on. UNICEF Rwanda Representative Noala Skinner told press that, “We have a children’s influx. One of our top priorities is setting up child-friendly spaces for these children…where they can play football, where they can dance, where they can sing.”
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