Rwanda: more than 700 former Rwandan rebels repatriated from the DRC

Former Rwandan rebels. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – More than 700 veterans of the Rwandan rebel group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been repatriated to Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the group is based, the Rwandan government said in a statement on Friday.

Another group of more than 800 people is expected to be repatriated in the near future, he added.

Veterans, along with their spouses and children, received resettlement kits and a medical examination at a demobilization and reintegration center in Musanze district in northern Rwanda, he said, adding that children were receiving all the required vaccinations, while pregnant women would receive antenatal care.

Veterans were living in different transit camps in eastern DRC in the last two years and they came together as part of joint UN and regional efforts to repatriate all rebel groups in the region. according to the release.

This repatriation is in line with the decision taken last year by the regional heads of state, setting a deadline of 20 October 2018 for the repatriation without prior conditions of FDLR disarmed combatants and their dependents in transit camps in the country. is from the DRC, according to the same source.

The FDLR was formed after the 1994 Rwandan genocide against Tutsis with the aim of overthrowing the Rwandan government.

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