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Due to a border conflict with neighboring Ethiopia and severe drought, an estimated 1.5 million people out of a total population of 3.1 million are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Eritrea. Ninety percent of those in urgent need are children and women.
UNICEF's response to the emergency situation in East Africa continues as forty tons of emergency UNICEF supplies - filling the first of three charter flights - left Copenhagen last night for Asmara. The first flight is carrying:
- 15,000 units of glucose for rehydration,
- 370,000 auto-disable syringes,
- 115,000 water purification tablets (each for 5 litres),
- medicine (paracetomol, antibiotics, anti-malarials, iron supplements for anaemia), and
- IV and other medical equipment.
Adigrat, Ethiopia, April 25, By Marc Vergara (UNICEF) -- Well before the current food emergency in Ethiopia, UNICEF set up programs for more than 300,000 displaced persons in the northern region of Tigray. Most arrived in June 1998, one month after the outbreak of war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. It is estimated that over 60 percent of the displaced population in Tigray have been accommodated among host communities. UNICEF's role has been to help the displaced and increasingly burdened local communities.