Kisangani – MONUSCO and Congolese government planning to forcefully repatriate Rwandan refugees in secret

Oct 29th, 2015 at 19:02 | By | Category: Blog - Diary of refugees, News, Top news
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Rwandan refugees in Kisangani

Rwandan refugees in Kisangani

MONUSCO and DRC government have confirmed that in recent days, several high level meetings were held between both parties to figure out a way to hand over Rwandan refugees, who are currently living in the Kisangani Transit camp, back to the Kigali regime in secret. Although no decision has been made public yet, sources among refugees indicate that both DRC and MONUSCO staffers have started to increase pressure on the refugees, asking them to agree to return to Rwanda at all cost, and warning of dire consequences for those who will not heed this call.

Major Rodrigue from Benin

Major Rodrigue from Benin

Chief amongst the people involved in this exercise is none other than Major Rodrique of Benin, who according to reliable sources, has been outspoken about the fact that MONUSCO should abandon all these refugees to DRC Government to do with as they please. Major Rodrigue has gone as far as declaring to the refugees that if MONUSCO leaves before all the refugees are returned to Rwanda, most of them will be killed by FARDC soldiers. These verbal threats are combined by a continued denial of medical service for refugees, a practice which cost the life of a three months old baby boy in the last few weeks.


Yvonne Kayitesi

Among those who are most targeted by DRC/ MONUSCO for this secret deportation to Rwanda are representatives within the refugee community, particularly Major Faustin Mugisha and Major Joseph Birindiro. Alongside these two men, 23 other community leaders are also being sought after. These leaders are now being detained in solitary confinement by the UN in an attempt to coerce them into cooperating with the forced repatriation of their comrades . This group includes 4 women, amongst them Yvonne Kayitse, who is suffering from chronic illness that got her rushed to the hospital multiple times. There are also reports that some of those refugees are starting to develop serious eye problems due to poor lighting in their detention area, where they have also been prevented from listening to the radio, nor speaking on the phone.

The refugees gathered around in prayer comforting the family.

The refugees gathered around in prayer comforting the family.

Aferwar- Duterimbere (Association des femmes rwandaises réfugiées) would like to remind the human rights community that these refugees are being held by the UN illegally as they have not been charged with anything and their detention has no basis in any law, national or international. We call on human rights organizations to urge MONUSCO/DRC to release these refugees without delay and to refrain from trying to deliver them into Kagame’s hand. Furthermore, we ask global organizations, especially African based such as SADC to remind MONUSCO and the DRC government that refugees cannot be forcefully returned to a place where their lives would be in immediate


Article submitted on October 25, 2015 and edited by Jambonews

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