THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
The U.S. welcomes reports that tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees have today returned to Rwanda from Zaire. Many more appear to be following. The needs for food, water, sanitation, and other essential services, as well as community development, shelter, and agricultural equipment will be enormous, and the international community must do whatever possible to help meet these requirements.
In response to these urgent needs, the United States will make available immediately $25 million in humanitarian assistance funds to assist in the repatriation and reintegration of Rwandan refugees returning from Zaire.
The United States will continue to do its share. Beyond this contribution announced today, we are prepared to respond as more specific needs become evident.
We urge others to do the same.
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