Our 5 months’ investigation has established that since November 2015 more than 3 Million Rwandans are at the verge of starvation and more than 150,000 Rwandans have emigrated out of the country mostly to Uganda due to a ravaging famine, particularly in the Eastern and Southern Provinces.
The famine has been named and known as “Nzaramba” which means ‘’I will live long’’
The Rwandan government has blamed the climate change to be mainly responsible for poor harvests in some areas of Rwanda. However, our investigation has revealed that there are many more important causes behind the current famine and increasing poverty in Rwanda including poor agricultural policies, decline of economy, regular distortion of population, lack of freedom of expression.
We found out that the international community, particularly relevant stakeholders are not fully aware about the extend of this situation and consequences to affected populations.
We are calling for international community to act fast and assist Rwandans who are starving as result of “Nzaramba” famine. We are calling the government of Rwanda to take its responsibility and recognise the famine crisis and appeal to the international community for food assistance and allow it to provide humanitarian assistance unconditionally in regions affected.
Full report of our investigation can be found at www.nzaramba.org
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