60 families of Rwandans evicted from Tanzania benefit household items, feel hopeful

Elderly Gaudence Nyirarusatsi one of the beneficiaries is helped by a Red Cross volunteer to carry her aid home

60 families of Rwandans evicted from Tanzania including Claudence Nyirarusatsi in the photo received aid materials from the Red Cross committee in Kirehe to help improve their lives

Evicted from Tanzania in 2013 and made to leave all their belongings, some families of Rwandans who were victims of this eviction remain in vulnerable conditions without decent shelter, means of survival or even basic household items.

As part of the community humanitarians, the local branch of the Rwanda Red Cross in Kirehe district mobilised support that was extended to 60 families on July 13th.

Support given to these vulnerable families included 120 blankets, 60 jerry cans and 60 cooking stoves.

“In partnership with local authorities, we identified an urgent need to support these compatriots who residing in the sectors of Kigina, Kigarama, Gatore, Nyamugari, Musaza and Nyarubuye with key household items to help ease their suffering,” Nshimiyimana Vincent the President of the Rwanda Red Cross committee in Kirehe district explained.

Gaudence Nyirarusatsi, a beneficiary of this support said “I have received a jerrycan, blanket and cooking stove. This to me is a sign of better days to come. There is hope”.

For Nirere Vestine another beneficiary, the joy of not having to borrow a cooking stove from a neighbor is overwhelming. “I had nothing; I am short of words to express my joy for the items given, thanks to Red Cross”.

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