Hollywood Actress Kristin Davis visited Refugees in Rwanda

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 By Leonard Nshimiyimana


UNHCR high profile philanthropist and Hollywood Actress Kristin Davis visited Refugees in Rwanda best known for Golden Globe winning series “Sex and the City” visited Burundian and Congolese refugees living in Gihembe and Mahama refugee camps.

The Hollywood actress’ visit aims to better understand UNHCR’s operations to ensure protection and assistance for the over 165,000 refugees sought refuge to Rwanda following political instabilities engulfed Burundi and Republic Democratic of Congo.

Accompanied by UNHCR representative in Rwanda, Saber Azam, the 51-year Hollywood star also met a section of refugees living in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital working as community organizers to make their both ends meet.

“We are thrilled to host Kristin Davis in Rwanda so she can meet refugees and help bring their stories to a global audience,” Saber Azam said.

As part of contributing to UNCHR efforts to muster resources for refugees, Ms. Davis is putting together cinematic pictures in Mahama and Gihembe refugee camps to showcase the work of UNCHR and needs to be urgently satisfied.

During her official mission, Ms. Davis was impressed by the integration of refugees into various national programs including education. “I am amazed and inspired by the kindness of the Rwandan people – their deep understanding and empathy for the Burundian and Congolese refugees and welcoming them into their own communities and integrating refugees into national systems like education,” said Ms. Davis.

In July 2016, Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel laureate visited Mahama refugee camp in the Eastern Province to draw attention for the global refugee crisis.

Rwanda earmarked $94 million to spend only on over 100,000 Burundian refugees for 2015-2016 fiscal year.  Every Burundian is entitled to $950 annually to cover expenses which is more than domestic gross product (DGP) per capita for ordinary Rwandan citizen.



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