Humanitarian Situation Report Guinea-Bissau: 3 November 1998

Situation Report
Originally published
Politico-Military Situation
No change in the situation since yesterdays sit rep detailing elements of the 1 November 1998 agreement signed by President Vieira and Brigadier General Mane.

Humanitarian Impact

Despite the signature of the agreement between Vieira/Mane, no aid organisations have been able to return to Guinea Bissau for almost three weeks. NGO deliveries of humanitarian assistance items such as milk powder for children and medicines have been stopped at the Pirada border with military authorities from the Senegalese side of the border withholding authorisation for passage out of Senegal.

Mr. Ibrahima Fall, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, will be present tomorrow in N.Y. to brief staff of the DPA (Department of Political Affairs); DPKO (Department of Peacekeeping Operations; OCHA (Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs); UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) concerning the specific roles of UN Agencies indicated by the details of the agreement. Mr. Fall attended the ECOWOS summit and witnessed and signed the 1 November agreement on behalf of the UN Secretary General.


WFP Mission to Guinea Conakry

WFP recently completed a 2-day mission by road to Guinea Conakry (Tambacounda- Koundara- Tambacounda) in order to verify the numbers and living conditions of Bissau-Guinean refugees in the prefecture of Koundara.


WFP reports that a total of 2,071 refugees are now in this region, of whom approx. 87 percent have been there since 10 June 1998. WFP reports that most of the refugees in this area have been unable to produce cereals during the last sowing season (July) due to lack of seeds and tools and are also without financial resources making them vulnerable to famine. In the absence of food aid the refugees are sharing food with the local population. The main preoccupation expressed during meetings with officials and ICRC representatives was the lack of resources available for purchase of food stuffs. Also of concern were the absence of a latrine in the camp and the difficulty in obtaining potable water.


WFP concludes that an emergency food aid programme should be envisaged from stocks in Koundara. A complementary feeding programme should be considered for children 0 - 5, and an overall sanitation plan should also be considered.

Concerning Guinea Bissau, NGOs and UN Agencies are standing by waiting to resume their activities once provision of humanitarian assistance is again allowed (see 2 above).

In Dakar, the time-table for the preparation of the UN Consolidated Humanitarian Programme is on schedule. UN Agencies hope to review the Common Humanitarian Assistance Programme with NGOs and Donor Governments next week following consultations on the plan with Host Government authorities.

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