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25 Jan 2000 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations. Quoted text from this briefing note may be attributed to the UNHCR spokesperson named below

22 Dec 1999 description

During 1999 more than 80 journalists and media staff were killed or murdered making it one of the worst years on record says the International Federation of Journalists and the International Press Institute.

06 Dec 1999 description

SIERRA LEONE "Thanks to Church World Service for helping to bring us here," says Binta Bah, a Sierra Leonean refugee, who, along with her two sons and sister, was resettled in the U.S. with the help of the CWS Immigration and Refugee Program. She lost her husband and baby daughter and her home because of the ongoing war there. In Sierra Leone, Binta Bah sold goods in the local marketplace and her husband was an inspector in the diamond mines. She and two surviving children, and her sister, are among the 161 refugees from Sierra Leone resettled in the U.S. by CWS this year.