(MENAFN) Former occupants of a hostel in Rwanda who were evicted under a contentious deal to house migrants from the UK have complained of being left homeless while the building is vacant.
The residents, all survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda which claimed the lives of nearly 800,000 members of the Tutsi minority community, had been living for eight years at the Hope Hostel in the national capital, Kigali, when they were told to leave two days after UK Home Secretary Priti Patel signed a deal with the Rwandan government for the transfer of asylum seekers from the UK to the impoverished nation worth £120million sterling.
The now homeless residents spoke about their situation but preferred to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals in light of allegations that the Rwandan government has been criticized by international rights organizations for stifling freedom of expression.
When Patel visited the hostel in April, the genocide survivors residing there were sent on a day trip to prevent them from interfering with his visit.
According to the research, Rwandan donors financed the construction of the Hope Hostel in the Kagugu region of Kigali amid a deadly three-month campaign by the Hutu government, with little help from the international world, to house up to to 190 survivors of the 1994 genocide.
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