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27 Nov 1996 description

This report has been produced to fulfill the information requirements of the UNDHA Geneva Taskforce on Eastern Zaire and the UNDHA mission in the Great Lakes region. The report attempts to fill the gaps resulting from time delays and should not be viewed as a replacement of coverage from either IRIN or UNDHA New York. This report is a summary not a copy of news and wire stories. All sources are cited.

27 Nov 1996 description

NAPLES, Italy (Reuter) - U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry, responding to pressure from Canada, said Wednesday the United States was prepared to take part in a proposed military parachute drop of food to thousands of Rwandan refugees in Zaire.
"If they move forward with the air drop operation, we would certainly be in there as a full participant in it. And we are positioned to do that right now," Perry told reporters travelling with him to Italy on the first leg of a globe- circling trip.

26 Nov 1996 description

CONTINUES TO CALL FOR ACCESS TO THOSE STILL IN ZAIRE


26 Nov 1996 description

Disaster Bulletin: Zaire Refugee Crisis

26 Nov 1996 description

WHY ESTIMATES VARY WIDELY
How many refugees remain in eastern Zaire? The confusion over the number of Rwandan refugees still in eastern Zaire has been one of several factors undermining assistance plans.

26 Nov 1996 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

26 Nov 1996 description
report American Red Cross

Red Cross Makes In-Roads Into Eastern Zaire, But Thousands of Victims Remain Out of Reach:



Call 1 800 HELP NOW

Washington, November 26, 1996 - For the first time in almost four weeks, the international Red Cross has returned to the
town of Bukavu, where half of the population of 200,000 fled during fighting between the Zairian military and rebel forces.

However, concern is intensifying for the vast numbers of Rwandans, Burundians and Zairians who have been caught in the
26 Nov 1996 description

With most of the estimated 500,000 returnees back in their communes, attention turns to those who have nowhere to go. At least 19 temporary shelters have been set up in the Kigali area for some 20,000 returnees in the region.

26 Nov 1996 description
report Oxfam

The military of potential troop-contributing countries have just met to discuss their plans for a multinational force for eastern Zaire. Despite four days of talks, no conclusive proposal has emerged. Instead, at least four options remain for consideration and there is an apparent acceptance that 3-4 weeks will be necessary before any deployment can be made. These indications suggest that, once again, we are looking into a policy vacuum. There appears to be no sense of urgency about international deliberations, despite the continuing humanitarian crisis.

26 Nov 1996 description

SAKE, Zaire (Reuter) - More than 2,000 Rwandan refugees came out of the hills of the Masisi region into the town of Sake on Tuesday as thousands more streamed into Rwanda from the border city of Goma.

26 Nov 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for the Great Lakes
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

26 Nov 1996 description

On 23 November, the ICRC was able to return to Bukavu. However, access to vast numbers of Zairian displaced, Zairians affected by the conflict, Rwandan refugees and Burundian refugees who remain without assistance and protection, has still not been granted. Furthermore, there are growing indications that bloodshed and violence are taking place in some inaccessible areas of eastern Zaire.

26 Nov 1996 description

Goma - Some 1,800 Rwandan refugees crossed into Gisenyi from Sake yesterday. Two thirds of the arrivals came from south Kivu =AD=AD the largest to emerge from that region and cross the Goma=ADGisenyi route. The arrivals from Sake yesterday reported many more refugees were following them. But today, there was no reported movement of people or refugees on the Sake=ADGoma road.

26 Nov 1996 description

There is a great, but invisible, humanitarian catastrophe developing in eastern Zaire. Uncertainty continues over numbers and locations of the refugees, but the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) both agree that at least several hundred thousand refugees remain at risk.

26 Nov 1996 description

GOMA, Zaire(Reuter) - Hundreds of Rwandan refugees arriving in the eastern Zairean town of Goma Tuesday are reporting a large-scale buildup of refugees both to the west and south of the town of Sake, 12 miles to the west, an aid worker said.

26 Nov 1996 description

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

25 Nov 1996 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)