Rwanda: Japan provides 236 tonnes of food to Burundian refugees in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Japan on Thursday donated 236 tonnes of food worth US$1.4 million to help ease food shortages among Burundian refugees in Rwanda, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali.

It was the second batch of humanitarian relief donated by the Japanese government to assist people who are in need of humanitarian assistance in different camps of Burundian refugees in the country.

Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita, said that the relief assistance targeted vulnerable groups including  malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Beneficiaries received maize, beans and cooking oil in addition to several tons of rice that Japan is expected to provide in the near future.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), most of the refugees from Burundi are sheltered in Mahama, one of the largest refugee camps in southeastern Rwanda, where their number has topped 80,000.

-0- PANA TWA/AR 25May2017

25 may 2017 18:05:32

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