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UNHCR Briefing Notes: Sudan/Eritrea, The Congos

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Quoted text from this briefing note may be attributed to the UNHCR spokesperson named below
Kris Janowski - Public Information Section

1. Sudan/Eritrea

A total of 11,785 Eritrean refugees have returned to Eritrea since UNHCR began a voluntary repatriation program on 25 July from camps in Sudan's eastern state of Kassala. The figure includes 1,926 returnees ferried home by 105 trucks on Monday. The number of returnees

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US sends 4.7 million dollars more in food aid to Horn

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (AFP) - The United States is sending 4.7 million dollars worth of additional food aid to nations in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa, a top USAID official announced Tuesday.

"Over 20 million people are at risk if this crisis is allowed to spiral into a true famine," said Leonard Rogers, a top official at the Agency for International Development, the US agency that provides humanitarian assistance around the world.

"The US government is treating this crisis as the highest priority humanitarian emergency in the world,"

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Fact Sheet: U.S. Aid to Horn of Africa Humanitarian Crisis

The Horn of Africa is facing a serious humanitarian crisis, which is primarily caused by drought. Factors underlying the crisis include the cumulative effects of poor and unreliable rainfall and other shocks that have eroded assets and coping strategies over recent years. Conflict and insecurity have exacerbated the current humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa.
Through its Famine Early Warning System, the U.S. Agency for International Development has been monitoring the situation in the region over the past several years. Because USAID has been monitoring
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IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 1 August

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SUDAN: Khartoum clears OLS flight plans
The Sudanese government on Monday cleared the Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) flight plan for August, including external flights from Lokichoggio, northern Kenya. UN Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator Ross Mountain told IRIN on Tuesday that he welcomed the move. The OLS is a consortium of many of the humanitarian organisations operating in Sudan, including UN agencies. Mountain met senior government officials on Monday to discuss the breakdown of the humanitarian ceasefire in Bahr el Ghazal province, southern Sudan, and recent criticism of the
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Ross Mountain, Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator, rejects allegations against Relief Community

Statement attributable to Ross Mountain, Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator
I am deeply concerned with the apparent campaign in the Sudanese media against Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS), including misrepresentations of my discussions with senior officials of the Government of Sudan held in Khartoum on Sunday, 30 July 2000. OLS continues to act in accordance with the humanitarian principles of impartiality and transparency in the service of those in need in Sudan. I emphatically reject all allegations to the contrary.

During my visit, I brought to the attention

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USAID Announces Additional Relief for Horn of Africa

More than 20 million people at risk of starvation

By Charles W. Corey
Washington File Staff Writer

Washington -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on August 1 announced an additional $4.7 million in aid projects to reduce the suffering of some 20.6 million people in the Horn of Africa at risk of famine and disease from a continuing severe drought in the region.

Leonard Rogers, deputy assistant administrator for USAID's bureau of humanitarian response, announced the news at a press conference while stressing that the U.S. government is treating the humanitarian

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IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 31 July

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SUDAN: Bombing raids threaten aid
Two UN planes escaped without damage when Malual Kon and Riang Aketh, in northern Bahr el Ghazal province, were bombed on Friday. Bombs fell within 30m of the planes, which were stationary on the ground, humanitarian sources told IRIN on Monday. There have been no details of injuries or damage done during the bombing raids. The security of UN Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) was "under discussion", UN sources said. Air drops were continuing, but a temporary suspension of non-essential flights to northern Bahr el Ghazal had been put into effect
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Eritrea: Health Situation Update 31Jul 2000

Politics and planning
Bitter blow to self-sufficiency

Eritrea is going to need humanitarian aid for at least 18 months, much to the chagrin of its government which wants very much to stand on its own feet and make its own decisions.

"They really don't want to need help," says one international donor representative based in Asmara, "They are so determined to be self sufficient and before this war, they thought they would be able to show international organizations the door around now. But now they are going to be dependent on external help

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WHO: EHA Highlights Issue 1, Jul 2000


New documents published in July and available from EHA:

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IRIN-CEA Weekly Round-up 30 covering the period 22-28 Jul 2000

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DRC: More attacks in North Kivu

Incidents of banditry are on the rise in the Goma area of North Kivu, humanitarian sources reported on Thursday. The compound of MSF-Belgium was attacked last week by armed robbers, with communications equipment and flight tickets stolen. On 18 July, a truck preceding an MSF-Holland vehicle was attacked by "uncontrolled armed

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UNHCR Briefing Notes: Iran/Afghanistan, DR Congo, Eritrea Repatriation

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Quoted text from this briefing note may be attributed to the UNHCR spokesperson named below
Delphine Marie - Public Information Section

1. Iran/Afghanistan

More than 57,000 Afghans have returned home since the beginning a six-month voluntary repatriation program from Iran that began on April 8. Last week, a total of 4,680 Afghans returned home under the joint program between Iran and UNHCR. Refugees register

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Voluntary repatriation of Eritrea refugees continues

KHARTOUM, July 28 (AFP) - Some 1,215 Eritrean refugees were brought back from east Sudan to camps around the town of Tesseney in west Eritrea Thursday, bringing the number of voluntarily repatriated refugees to 2,886 since the beginning of the operation last Tuesday, said the UN refugees agency.

UNHCR spokesman in Tesseney Peter Kessler Friday told AFP by telephone that Thursday's returnees were moved across the border from Laffa and Shegerab camps in Kassala state in 37 trucks.

The spokesman earlier said 18,000 Eritreans

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Bulletin hebdomadaire d'information 30 pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est

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RDC : D'autres attaques dans le Nord-Kivu

Les incidents de criminalité se multiplient dans la région de Goma au Nord-Kivu, ont rapporté les sources humanitaires jeudi. Les locaux de MSF-Belgique ont été attaqués la semaine dernière par des voleurs armés qui se sont emparés du matériel de communications et de billets d'avion. Le 18 juillet, un camion précédant un véhicule de

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Deputy Secretary-General addressing Security Council Debate on Children in Armed Conflict, calls Plight of War-Affected Children Unacceptable

DSG/SM/102, SC/6898
Following is the text of Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette's opening remarks, delivered yesterday, to the Security Council debate on children and armed conflict:

Let me first thank you, Madam President, for convening this open debate of the Security Council on children and armed conflict.

The problem which brings us here today is one of the most disturbing human security issues facing the international community. It is also a great challenge to the United Nations, one which is close to the heart of the Secretary-General. He therefore deeply regrets

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IRIN Horn of Africa Update, 27 July

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SOMALIA: Hostages "tired but well"
Clan elders and the Somali Red Crescent Society entered a second day of negotiations on Thursday for the release of two foreign aid workers kidnapped in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, news agencies reported. A statement released by the French relief agency, Action contre la Faim (ACF), identified the two as Francoise Deutch, 46, a French staff administrator, and Jonathan Ward, 31, a British logistician. ACF said a third European volunteer hid when the compound was broken into
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Sudanese rebels deny international NGOs supplying food and arms

NAIROBI, July 27 (AFP) - The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) on Thursday denied Khartoum's allegations that international non-governmental organisations working in the south were supplying it with arms and food.

In a statement released here Thursday, rebel spokesman Samson Kwaje said the allegations made by Sudanese President Omar el-Beshir last week "are lies not befitting a head of state and should, therefore, be dismissed with the contempt they deserve."

In a fiery speech in Khartoum on Saturday,

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In two Sudanese Counties times are good enough to offer more and more people work for food

Baltimore, July 27, 2000 - A $4.3 million, year-long aid program will nourish and encourage two battered counties in southwest Sudan to turn the corner on the worst effects of drought, crop failures and malnutrition. Many of the 140,000 people in the area who have needed free food until recently will work on community and agricultural projects in return for food as part of the new program. School children, hospital patients, apprentices in training and recent returnees will still receive free rations.
Food-for-work crews organized by this
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IRIN Horn of Africa: IRIN Update, 26 July

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SOMALIA: Aid workers seized in Mogadishu
Unidentified gunmen operating in the south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have kidnapped a French woman and a British subject employed by the NGO, Action contre la Faim (ACF), a spokeswoman for the agency told IRIN on Wednesday. The spokeswoman, Beatrice D'Ervau, said they were taken on the night of 25-26 July: "Action contre la Faim is doing everything possible to secure their release. It is asking those holding them to release the members of its team as soon as possible."

Since the collapse of the Somali government

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Wealthy countries not responding to the health needs of people in emergencies

Press Release WHO/50
Five out of 21 appeals to international donors to support life-saving programmes for peoples hit by war, population displacement and natural disaster have produced a resounding zero response so far this year, according to a review by the World Health Organization (WHO), released today. And a further four appeals have achieved less than 10 % of the money needed to restore any semblance of basic health care.

Hardest hit are Burundi, the Republic of Congo, Uganda, Sudan and the Indonesian islands of Maluku where, despite

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Security council debates issue of children in war

Wednesday 26 July 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today called on the UN Security Council to ensure that all those who violate children's rights in times of war -- whether governments, rebel groups or corporations -- are held accountable.
"We have far too often said that we will not permit children to be raped, mutilated, recruited, hurt and forced to lose their childhood," Ms. Bellamy told the UN Security Council today. "Yet time and time again we have stood and watched helplessly -- in Rwanda, in Sierra Leone, in Sudan, in Afghanistan, in