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By Wendy Lubetkin
USIA Staff Writer
GENEVA -- The U.N. Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda (HRFOR) says it is seriously concerned about the growing number of killings and other attacks against people of Tutsi origin.
During the first three months of 1997, HRFOR received reports of the killing of 45 genocide survivors and persons associated with them, according to a status report made available in Geneva.
The World Food Programme and the Government
of Italy launched Friday an emergency operation to provide food aid to
the most vulnerable people in Albania's worsening food crisis.
The food is targeted at orphanages, hospitals, homes for the elderly and centres for the handicapped in the capital city of
Tirana, as well as at the towns of Skoder, Kavaje in the north and centre of the country and Lushnje and Fier in the southwest.
Pledges from overseas donors towards emergency relief for Tonga after Cyclone Hina now stands at nearly a-quarter-of-a-million-dollars.
Officials say the figure will go higher as donations and pledges are still coming in.
Donors so far include; the United Nations, Australia, Japan, China, Britain and and New Zealand.
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Multinational protection force to ensure that aid reaches people in need
The Greek Defence Minister says his country is ready to send about seven hundred troops to Albania to help restore order.
As Europe correspondent Katy Cronin reports senior Greek, European Union and Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe officials have held talks with the Albanian Prime Minister, Bashkim Fino, on restoring stability in his country.
Meetings in Athens yesterday between European officials and Albanian Prime Minister Bashkim Fino helped firm up plans for troop deployment to Albania.
A delegation of Zairean rebels has left their stronghold of Goma for South Africa, where they are due to hold preliminary peace talks with the Zaire government.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR) OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN
DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
GREAT LAKES - Complex Emergency
Situation Report #29 Fiscal Year (FY) 1997 April 4, 1997
Half a bowl of rice. That's the rationed daily amount of food for North Koreans. Two years of devastating floods and years of declining agricultural yields have created widespread food shortages. MCC is joining with other groups to send emergency food shipments to North Korea to try to stave off famine, which appears imminent. MCC will provide $200,000 Cdn./$150,000 U.S. to purchase corn and rice in Vietnam that is scheduled to arrive in North Korea this month. From its warehouses in Pennsylvania and Kansas, MCC is also shipping 115,200 cans of beef to arrive by May.
The situation in the makeshift camps south of Kisangani remains very worrying. At least 120 refugees are dying every day in this area. UNHCR and its UN and NGO partners work have been desperately working to save lives since we were allowed to work in two temporary sites on Tuesday. So far about 650 bodies have been collected in refugee sites between Ubundu and Kisangani. This figure includes 384 buried at kilometer 82 over the past two weeks and about 250 collected since Tuesday at the two sites at Kasese and Biaro.
SHKODER, ALBANIA -- These are certainly trying times for people like Vladimir Vata, a true democrat of
As national coordinator for the nonprofit Society for Democratic Culture (SDC), Mr. Vata was only slightly cheered to
report that Sunday's parliamentary elections were marked more by the inadequate training and sheer incompetence of
local electoral commissioners than by flagrant vote tampering.
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INTRO: SOME OF THE REFUGEES LEAVING THE TINGI-TINGI CAMP IN EASTERN ZAIRE ARE STARTING TO WALK BACK TO RWANDA. AS V-O-A'S SCOTT STEARNS REPORTS ZAIREAN REBELS TOOK CONTROL OF THE CAMP
By Nhial Bol
KHARTOUM, Apr 3 (IPS) -- Until recently, Aroghu Radolfa was a lieutenant in Sudan's main rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), but she was unable to move further.
The reason, she said, was that she was a woman.
Aroghu was one of five female ex-rebels who recounted their experiences to the press here last week after defecting from the
rebel movement. They are part of a group of 27 women who have decided to leave the main faction of the SPLA and one of its
Note: The last fact sheet was dated April 1, 1997.
Albania Dateline ACT No. 2
EASTERN ZAIRE UPDATE:
The following was issued today by the Iraq
On 1 April 1997, the Security Council Committee established by resolution 661 (1990), which is monitoring the sanctions
against Iraq, approved the following additional Points of Understanding relating to the implementation of resolution 986 (1995):
"The Committee is working with the
Department for Humanitarian Affairs and relevant agencies to ensure that
the process of
considering contracts for export of goods to Iraq, under resolution 986 (1995), is responsive to the most urgent humanitarian
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