Transitional Demobilization and Reintegration Program
63 new homes for disabled ex-combatants in Rwanda
May 2012

Participants at the ceremony on March 29

On March 29, 2012, the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) handed over 63 new homes to disabled ex-combatants living in the Eastern Province and in Kigali. During a colorful ceremony presided over by Mr. Jean Sayinzoga, the Chairman of the RDRC, 63 disabled ex-combatants received specially-designed housing units what will enable them to live with dignity among their fellow citizens.

Elizabeth Kissam chairs a session during the workshop
New houses for disabled ex-combattants

One of these ex-combatants is Callixte Haguminshuti from Bugesera District. Callixte lost his limbs during the war and did not have a house of his own. He said:  "I spent many years living at my friend's house without any hope of erecting my own house, but now God has remembered me. I am so grateful to the RDRC.”

The handover ceremony in Nyarugunga Sector was attended by many disabled ex-combatants and their families.  Aloys Semvara, a disabled ex-combatant, said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank our government and the World Bank for the good things done to us", adding that the decent houses built for disabled ex-combatants have protected their lives.

A participant adds a suggestion for a recommendation
on the board.
Un participant ajoute une suggestion de recommandation sur le panneau.
Jean Sayinzoga, chairman of the RDRC

Ndayizeye Sammuel, another disabled ex-combatant, added:  "Thanks be to God, I have been given a posh house, and I will sleep like a king". 

Mr. Sayinzoga urged disabled ex-combatants to carefully maintain their new shelter to ensure that their homes last for a long time. “You should take care of these houses, as this will enable you to live a decent life ", Sayinzoga said, adding that the Commission will continue to assist where necessary.

Elizabeth Kissam chairs a session during the workshop
Shaking hands while seated is retired Captain Aloys
Semvara, in a company of his visitors during the
handover ceremony

The homes built by the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission have been recognized as being quality construction.

Apart from constructing houses for disabled ex-combatants, the RDRC also support socio- economic reintegration of ex-combatants countrywide.  Its core job is to ensure peace and stability in the country and in the region, achieved through repatriating and demobilizing tens of thousands of ex-combatants.

Contributed by Grace Mugabe of the RDRC

Elizabeth Kissam chairs a session during the workshop
Bugesera area residents who turned up to witness the inauguration of the ex-combatants' houses




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