Guinea-Bissau

Humanitarian Situation Report Guinea-Bissau, 27 October 1998

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Situation Report
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Posted
Originally published
REG. NO. 98/0308
UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT HAS BEEN COLLECTED IN-COUNTRY BY OCHA FROM THE UN, NGOS & ICRC NETWORK IN GUINEA-BISSAU

POLITICO-MILITARY SITUATION

The ceasefire which began on Friday evening (23 October) has held over the weekend and continues at time of writing, Tuesday evening 19:10 with calm reported throughout the country.

The meeting anticipated today between Brigadier Asoumane Mane and President Vieira did not take place as both parties are yet to agree on a neutral location but negotiations continue.

Flights resumed in Bafata today as two planes arrived, one transporting journalists from Portuguese RTP and the other bringing an EU delegate to Bafata.

HUMANITARIAN IMPACT

No food distribution has taken place in the country since 18 October when the fighting resumed and extended to Bambadinca, Bafata and Gabu.

The delay in today s meeting affects the provision of humanitarian response, particularly in Prabis, where the population lacks food, water and medical supplies.

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE

Since yesterday, governmental authorisation was granted for the transport of the 300 MTs rice from WFP stocks for delivery to destitute populations in Prabis and Cumura (see 26 October Sitrep). However, two delivery attempts were blocked Monday and again today by Senegalese soldiers with trucks en route to Prabis. According to WFP sources in Dakar, the Swedish Embassy was scheduled to take up this is issue with the Prime Minister today.

WFP will ship 600 MTs of rice from Banjul in Gambia to Cacheu, Bubaque and Bolama ports in Guinea-Bissau during this week. The transport contract is currently being finalised.

Today, OCHA began individual meetings with NGO s active in Guinea-Bissau in order to assist UN Agencies and NGOs in assuring complementarity of activities.

Sector-based working groups resumed today in Dakar, where participants reviewed (1) agriculture, food, food security and relief items, and (2) health, nutrition, water and sanitation and education.

This report is available on the internet through RELIEFWEB: http://www.reliefweb.int

Complex Emergency Response / Consolidated Appeal Process
(CER/CAP) - Geneva
Mr. Ernest Chipman - Chief
Mr. Thierry Delbreuve
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Fax: (41 22) 788.6386
Registry E-Mail: Annette.Choquet@dha.unicc.org

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Mr. Yvon Madore
Tel.: (1 212) 963.1627
Fax: (1 212) 963.1388
E-Mail : madore@un.org

Information Service
Ms. Thérèse Gastaut - Director
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Fax: (41 22) 917.0030
E-Mail: tgastaut@unog.ch

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