Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) - – About twenty Rwandan refugee families, who lived in southeastern Uganda since the 1994 genocide, voluntarily returned home Wednesday, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a statement issued here Thursday.
The returnees were welcomed at the Rukomo camp, in northeastern Rwanda by the director in charge of Good governance in the Gicumbi area, Emmanuel Twagirumukiza.
"You have always been Rwandans and will be welcomed as Rwandans," he told the returnees, affirming that they will get support from the local authorities in their localities.
UNHCR has been organising, since 2002, voluntary repatriation for Rwandan refugees living abroad, thus enabling 4,100 of them to return from Uganda.
Approximately 15,800 Rwandan refugees are still living in camps in Uganda while others are scattered in West and Central Africa, mainly in Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, DR Congo, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, UNHCR noted.