Eritrea: Statement by Carolyn McAskie, Emergency Relief Coordinator A.I.
Of this number, some 200,000 are sheltering in IDP camps, while the remainder have either sought refuge with host communities or are left living in the open air, without access to food, water or basic sanitation.
Furthermore, the recent fighting has taken place in Eritrea's "bread basket" regions, which account for three-quarters of the country's food production. With the window for the annual planting season rapidly closing with the approach of the rainy season, there will be a need for external food aid for at least one year.
The ERC a.i. wishes to draw the attention of the international donor community to a looming crisis of potentially catastrophic proportions, and urges them to respond generously to appeals for assistance.
16 June 2000
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