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Program to Verify Identities of Refugees in Rwanda

Refugees in Rwanda will soon have a chance to work, open a bank account, access government services and move more freely, thanks to a new initiative launched by the government and the U.N. refugee agency. Rwanda and UNHCR on Wednesday began a program to verify refugees' identities in order to collect accurate and updated information about the country's population of refugees and asylum seekers. "[Wednesday's] launch starts with more than 30,000 urban refugees living in Kigali city," De Bonheur Jeanne, minister in charge of disaster management and refugees, told VOA's Central Africa service. Officials say the exercise will help refugees by giving them greater access to identity documents, which will facilitate their access to government services and make it easier for them to travel and gain employment. Emmanuel Ndayishimye, a refugee from Burundi, welcomed the decision. "This is good news to us. With the ID, we will be able to...

 

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