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12 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Departement des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129

12 Dec 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, on an official visit to Kuwait, visited the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission
(UNIKOM) on Friday.

On the Kuwaiti side of the demilitarized zone, the Secretary-General addressed military and civilian staff of UNIKOM. He
thanked the staff for their efforts and sacrifices and expressed appreciation of the important role they play in maintaining peace and security in the area.

Stressing that individuals can make a difference, Mr. Annan said "When we say individuals can make a difference let's stop

12 Dec 1997 description

Press Release No. 97/57
International Monetary Fund
700 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20431 USA

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a credit for Rwanda equivalent to SDR 5.95 million (about US$8
million), under the IMF's policy of emergency post-conflict assistance. A credit under the same policy of SDR 8.9 million
(about US$12 million) was approved by the IMF on April 22, 1997 (see Press Release No 97/19), to support the

12 Dec 1997 description

DAILY UPDATE
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that 37 countries in the world are facing shortfalls in food supplies as a result of the El Nino phenomenon.

This phenomenon is caused by the abnormal warming of the ocean in the Pacific, which in turn triggers off a chain reaction in

12 Dec 1997 description

Sitting on one of the many green rolling hills of Kibungo prefecture, in Rwanda, is a new community of 94 houses. Situated 100 kilometres east of Kigali, and 60 kilometres west of the Tanzania border, Kibungo is a region that has seen a large number of refugees return in the past year from Burundi, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

12 Dec 1997 description

(12/12 Albright statement at Chevron facility) (640)

CABINDA, Angola -- The United States has "important national interests" in helping Angola and other African nations build strong, diversified economies, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said December 12 in Cabinda, Angola.

But Albright, on a weeklong, seven-nation visit to the continent, stressed here that U.S.

12 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-63-35
Fax: +225 21-63-35

12 Dec 1997 description

(12/11 Albright-Bizimungu joint press conference) (2400)

12 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

12 Dec 1997 description

Number of people newly reported to have died : 91 (total confirmed : 1,786)
Number of displaced people: total so far at least 230,000
Livestock reported killed so far: at least 32,939

11 Dec 1997 description

Since March 1997 FAO has been intensively monitoring and alerting the international community of the impact on agriculture, forestry and fisheries of serious weather anomalies around the world which are believed to be assisted with this year's El Nino. In parts of Latin America and Asia severe weather disturbances have already had far reaching repercussions on national crop production, food security, fisheries and forestry.

11 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Departement des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129

11 Dec 1997 description

Returning from Bardera in Somalia, a team from Action Against Hunger assessed an increased rate of malnutrition among children due to the floods which have already claimed 1500 lives and the displacement of 230,000 persons in the south of Somalia since October 18.

11 Dec 1997 description

Weekly News
Some of the mothers in camps for internally displaced people in Azerbaijan have been put to the test of convincing their
children to eat porridge. "We'll see whether she likes it or not," says Rafiga Jafarova as she collects supplementary food

11 Dec 1997 description
report World Bank

News Release No. 98/1571/ECA
Contact:
Jan Pakulski (202) 473-1797
Fax: (202) 522-0321