UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to review humanitarian situation in Great Lakes region

Yasushi Akashi, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, leaves today
for 10-day trip to the Great Lakes region of Africa to assess the humanitarian situation there, according to a spokesman. After
arriving tomorrow in Kenya to meet with personnel from agencies dealing with Somalia and Sudan, Mr. Akashi will travel to
Burundi and Rwanda. In meetings with representatives of governments, humanitarian organizations, UN agencies and NGOs, Mr. Akashi will examine the status of access to victims, coordination of humanitarian assistance, and funding for humanitarian programmes.