Home from Exile
Congolese returnees from Tanzania were ferried home to Baraka in South Kivu province on Friday aboard the UNHCR-chartered Mwongozo. At the Baraka transit centre in South Kivu, where returnees are given food, medication and organised for the final leg of their journeys to their home villages. / UNHCR / S. Schulman / 7 July 2006
UNHCR has repatriated some 62,000 people to South Kivu's Uvira and Baraka regions from Tanzania. Aside from organizing the return of growing numbers of refugees to the province under a voluntary repatriation programme, UNHCR has been involved in reintegration projects, including refurbishment of infrastructure and restoration of basic services, including health care and education. But South Kivu is a massive, neglected area and it will need years of peace, hard work and funding to develop.
But while stiff challenges remain in South Kivu, the province has managed to avoid the kind of fighting in neighbouring North Kivu province between government forces and rebel troops that has displaced some 250,000 people since August 2008, many of them already displaced.