IOM Rwanda Expects to Resettle 1,500 Congolese Refugees in 2014
GENEVA, Switzerland, December 6, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) expects to resettle an estimated 1,500 Congolese refugees to the United States from Rwanda in 2014.
Nyiramahoro Tuyisenge is one of the approximately 600 Congolese refugees who have finished undergoing IOM's pre-departure health assessment in preparation for their resettlement to the United States.
It has been 17 years since threats from the militia in her village in the Democratic Republic of Congo sent her running into neighbouring Rwanda. The situation in her rural village has never stabilized and life at the camp has been tough, especially for her three children.
“It is so hard to make appropriate food for babies in the camp. The tents get really cold when it rains and my children often get sick. I'm so worried about them,” said Nyiramahoro as she held her new born baby.
“I'm very happy to go to the United States. I expect that I will have access to quality food, education and health.” Nyiramahoro said, full of hope and excitement for the new life ahead.
Every year, IOM facilitates movements for thousands of refugees who have been accepted for third country resettlement. The resettlement programme offers a durable solution for refugees who are unable to return to their country of origin for fear of continued persecution and do not have the option to stay in their country of asylum.
The US government funds IOM to conduct these health assessments and to organize the transportation of refugees to the United States.