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Some of the Mothers’ Union members at the workshop
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Refugees receive basic necessities from the Mothers’ Union of Rwanda
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Bishop Alexis Bilindabaga helps the MU to distribute colourful cloths to the refugees
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Mothers' Union Provides for the Needs of Refugees
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 070706-1
July 6, 2007

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] The Mothers' Union of the Anglican Diocese of Gahini has provided clothing and other basic items to hundreds of Rwandan refugees who returned to the country recently from Tanzania.

The event, which was organized by more than 70 Mothers' Union members of Gahini Diocese, was financed by the Emergency Relief Fund of Mary Sumner House in the United Kingdom (UK).

Before visiting the refugees in Rugeyo Camp, the women held a two-day workshop on the rights of women and girls. According to Beatrice Gahamanyi, the Mothers? Union worker for Gahini Diocese, the women resolved in the seminar to rescue the society from the problems that usually affect families. She said that much needed to be done to project young girls, who are the future mothers.

After the workshop, the Mothers' Union members went to Kageyo Camp to offer the refugees basic needs like soap and clothes. They assured the refugees that they would bring further help in a few weeks' time.

This occasion, at which hundreds of refugees received much-needed items, was graced by the Rt Revd Alexis Bilindabagabo, the Anglican Bishop of Gahini. He was accompanied by the local leaders of Rukara district in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.

In his opening remarks, Bishop Alexis commended the Mothers' Union members for their valuable contribution to social transformation in the church and community. He advised the refugees to hold on to God the Almighty for safety, and pledged to support them and help them move forward.

Note: The Tanzanian government recently expelled thousands of Rwandans from Tanzania without giving a sound reason. These Rwandans were born in Tanzania, and the majority had amassed wealth on the Tanzanian soil. According to the reports, their wealth was confiscated by the Tanzanians.