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IRD is made to advocate for the rights of refugees with disabilities through protection actions to ensure their full development and enjoyment in the community in accordance with the spirit of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

In short, all our efforts are concentrated on advocacy for improvement of refugees’ living conditions in various camps in Rwanda and in Kigali city. learn more

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Angelique   is 19 years old. When too young, her right arm was amputated by rebels in RD Congo. Later her parents and she fled to Rwanda and now live in Gihembe refugee camp in Rwanda. She studied in the camp until 3rd year secondary school, but she could not continue studying because her parents couldn’t pay for her to go to a nearby host community school where 4th, 5th and 6th forms are organised.

Mrs. Josephine Mukantabana is an urban refugee woman who has eight children, her own children. Two of these children, Patient Amahungu – a 29 years old boy and Deborah Kunjiato – a 21 years old girl, live with disabilities.  Each of them suffers both mental and physical disabilities due to meningitis that they contracted when they were around two years old. This is what the woman said: “I’ve lived a painful life since my children got disabilities. I even prayed … read more