(No. 16 ACC/SCN, Geneva, 20 June 1996)(extracts)
Liberia/Sierra Leone Region
The recent violence in Monrovia has led to large-scale displacement to "safe" buildings or areas within the capital. The nutritional and health situation of many of those displaced has until recently been extremely precarious. Attacks on NGO property and general abuse of humanitarian principles by the warring factions has led to the decision by many agencies to significantly scale down relief and rehabilitation measures. Relief activities have largely been focussed upon Monrovia, although attention is now turning to rural areas where there are frequent anecdotal reports of high levels of food security. In contrast, the situation in Sierra Leone appears to be substantially improving where a relatively stable security situation is allowing for more effective humanitarian activities. Most recent nutritional surveys show much lower levels of malnutrition than those reported earlier in the year.
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