Recent resurgence of civil strife in Monrovia could further aggravate the already tight food supply situation and hamper emergency assistance and agricultural rehabilitation activities in Liberia. The present disturbances have caused a new wave of population displacement affecting hundreds of thousands of civilians. Severe food shortages and deaths from cholera, measles and malaria have already been reported from some areas. Most emergency and project operations, which were generally coordinated from Monrovia, have been halted.
New York/Genève, le 31 mai 1996 (Département des affaires humanitaires) -- Les Nations Unies ont lancé aujourd'hui un appel commun interinstitutions en vue de recueillir 101 millions de dollars pour financer des programmes d'aide humanitaire en Arménie, en Azerbaïdjian et en Géorgie. Ces fonds seront consacrés à des projets visant à répondre aux besoins humanitaires les plus urgents des réfugiés, des personnes déplacées et d'autres groupes vulnérables.
Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs George E. Moose is visiting Africa with other U.S. experts to discuss the "ongoing crisis in Burundi," with leaders in the region. Following is the text of the announcement by State Department Spokesman Nicholas Burns on May 29:
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"Given present conditions, the harvest on the Central Planalto will not reach half the amount needed for people's subsistence, nor will there be any surplus for trading or planting";, ICRC agronomists concluded following a survey on the food situation in Huambo Province and the Ganda region in Central Angola. The survey determined that the main reasons for the shortage were limited secure zones and the presence of minefields, low labour capacity, farming in areas with extremely poor soil quality, irregular climatic conditions and a lack of seed for short-term harvests.
LIBERIA - Complex Emergency
Background: On April 6, 1996, fighting in Monrovia erupted between two armed factions, Charles Taylor's Nationa (ULIMO-Krahn). Other Krahn factions subsequently joined Johnson.
The fighting came in the wake of skirmishes that followed the signing of the Abuja Accord, a comprehensive peace agreement among leaders of the main warring factions, on August 19, 1995.
The second round of discussions between Uprona and Frodebu parties, due to open in Mwanza on 22 May under the auspices of former Tanzanian President Mr. Julius Nyerere, was postponed until at least the beginning of June. On a visit to Burundi Mr. Nyerere was criticized by the uninvited opposition parties for not including them in the second round of talks.
This agreement is intended to lay out the basic principles upon which Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) works and to lay out the rules and regulations resulting from such principles. It seeks to define the minimum acceptable standards of conduct for the activities of OLS agencies and the Fashoda Relief and Rehabilitation Association (FRRA), as the official counterpart in areas controlled by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-United (SPLM-United).
Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0164
From Ferdinand Bigumandondera; PANA Correspondent
22-23 MAY 1996
THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT WAS PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN LIBERIA UN AGENCIES, INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND NGOS
SPORADIC FIGHTING BETWEEN JOHNSON LOYALISTS AND ''GOVERNMENT'' FORCES CONTINUED LIMITING HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES IN CENTRAL MONROVIA AND THE MAMBA POINT AREA.
ASSISTANCE EFFORTS AND ASSESSMENTS OF HUMANITARIAN NEEDS ARE PROCEEDING IN AREAS OUTSIDE OF CENTRAL MONROVIA.
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By CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press Writer
SITUATION - Under the Unit for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Angola (UCAH), the Central Mine Action Office (CMAO), in cooperation with the United Nations Verification Mission to Angola (UNAVEM III), is developing a comprehensive mine action plan, established with funds raised through a Consolidated Appeal. CMAO is modeled on similar UN-established indigenous mine clearance operations in Mozambique, Afghanistan and Cambodia.
New York-- Lutheran World Relief
continues its aid to Liberia even as ongoing factional conflict in its
capital, Monrovia, makes relief work there all but impossible.
Injury: serious death
Comments: A truck exploded after hitting a mine in refugee-swamped eastern Zaire, reported Reuters. Twp people were killed
and one wounded. The truck was travelling the main route from Goma to Rutshuru said a local official.
Injury: serious death