Sierra Leone Humanitarian Situation Report: 26 Jun - 9 Jul 2000
The renewed fighting has substantially increased the suffering of people in Sierra Leone, at a time when the capacity of humanitarian agencies to respond to new emergencies is limited. Two months after the resumption of hostilities, poor security in many parts of the country continues to trigger mass population movements. At the same time, the prevailing security situation severely hampers efforts to address the needs of those who are being forced to leave their homes. Agencies are still unable to ascertain the situation of civilians in most of the North. There is no formal contact with RUF officials to facilitate access initiatives. Most of Kailahun, Koinadugu, Kono, Kambia and Bombali districts remain out of reach, and Tonkolili is only partially accessible.
Since May, humanitarian agencies have registered up to 150,000 new IDPs. Planned interventions to assist the beneficiaries have either been curtailed or temporarily shelved following the deterioration of security in the main areas of concentration. The most affected is the Mile 91 area, where insecurity has halted a comprehensive plan of action to help save lives and alleviate the suffering of more than 40,000 IDPs who fled their homes in the North. Desperate for relief supplies, the IDPs are said to be on the move once again, and many have ended up in Masiaka, where conditions are equally poor due to systematic rebel attacks, looting and destruction. The Lungi Peninsula has fortunately remained calm, allowing agencies to continue relief programmes for over 30,000 new IDPs in the area. Agencies continue to register new arrivals, mainly from Kambia district. (See description of beneficiary caseloads in the attached table).
There are no significant changes in the situation in Freetown, the southern province and in Kenema.
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