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UMCOR Hotline 21 Feb 2003: Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Central America

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Civil unrest in Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone is causing population displacements in all three countries. Your generous contributions to International Disaster Response Advance #982450-8 earmarked "Côte d'Ivoire" will support the Protestant Methodist Church's ministry with displaced people in their country. In Liberia, where rebel troops are moving toward Monrovia, aid agencies are providing high energy biscuits, clothing, health care, construction of shelters and tracing services. Contributions to Liberia Emergency Advance # 150300-7 will support emergency relief for displaced persons. UMCOR's field office in Sierra Leone reports that the situation for internally displaced people and refugees is becoming critical. Funds for water and sanitation projects as well as for activities to keep youth involved and out of the militia are being sought. Donations may be made to Sierra Leone Emergency Advance #181205-1.

Since 2001, Central America has suffered from abnormal weather patterns. In some areas, drought has destroyed 95% of crops, while elsewhere, heavy rains have led to widespread floods. Most of the people in the affected areas depend on subsistence agriculture and it is estimated that up to 1.5 million farmers and their families face the prospect of food insecurity. Your contributions to Central America Emergency Advance #501300-0 will provide emergency food relief.

UMCOR is providing emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR ministries and to make a secure online gift, please visit the website: http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/. Gifts may also be made through local United Methodist churches; sending financial contributions to UMCOR, 475 Riverside Dr., Room 330, New York, NY 10115; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted.