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20 Jan 1998 description

REG. NO. 98/0012

Period covered: 20 December 1997 - 20 January 1998


This report has been prepared by the office of the
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Sierra Leone in Conakry, Guinea

SECURITY

20 Jan 1998 description

THIS APPEAL SEEKS CHF 2,000,000 IN CASH TO ASSIST 110,000 BENEFICIARIES FOR 8 MONTHS

Appeal No: 03/98
20 January 1998
CHINA: EARTHQUAKE IN HEBEI PROVINCE

Summary

20 Jan 1998 description


WOM/1005

Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women Told As Discussion of Azerbaijan's Report on Convention's
Implementation Begins

Without a peaceful resolution of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict in Azerbaijan, it would not be possible to implement the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in that country, its representative told the
monitoring body for the treaty this morning. Introducing Azerbaijan's initial report on implementing the Convention, the Chief of

20 Jan 1998 description

SOMALIA INTER-AGENCY FLOOD RESPONSE


- Weekly Report / 14.1.- 20.1.98 -


Number of people reported killed to date: confirmed deaths: 2,112
Number of people remaining at risk: approximately 1 Million

20 Jan 1998 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's press briefing at the Palais des
Nations.

The round-ups of Sudanese in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa have apparently been completed. All in all around 1,800 Sudanese,
including northerners and southerners, were moved by truck to a UNHCR camp in Shirkole, in the west of the country, where UNHCR
is now starting screening of this group. A few dozen Sudanese
remain at the collection facility at Gulele near Addis Ababa, awaiting

20 Jan 1998 description
report UN Children's Fund

The June-October 1997 conflict in the Republic of the Congo devastated the capital city of Brazzaville, displaced an estimated 650,000 people and resulted in the deaths of between 4,000 and 10,000 people. Children and women were the primary victims.

20 Jan 1998 description
report IRIN

U N I T E D N A T I O N S
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa


Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35
e-mail: irin-wa@africaonline.co.ci


IRIN-WA Update 127 of Events in West Africa, (Tuesday) 20 January 1998

20 Jan 1998 description
report IRIN

U N I T E D N A T I O N S
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa


Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

20 Jan 1998 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's press briefing at the Palais des
Nations.


2. BURUNDI/RWANDA

Fighting over the weekend near the Burundi capital has set off more population movements, causing thousands of people to move
temporarily to the outskirts of Bujumbura in search of safety.

Insecurity after an intense exchange of fire north of Bujumbura on
Sunday, 18 January forced UNHCR and other aid agencies to cancel field missions on Monday to locations outside Bujumbura.

20 Jan 1998 description

DHAGVA - 98/0142

Present Situation

1. Much of Kenya has received extraordinarily heavy rain since 10 January. Many locations have received several times their long term mean for January. This is exacerbating the situation in many districts, including Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo and Masarbit which in late December had just began the long process of recovery from the effects of severe droughts (April 1996 to March 1997) and flooding (since mid-October).

20 Jan 1998 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS

The continuing spiral of violence in Burundi and Rwanda is affecting humanitarian operations in the two countries, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday that in Burundi thousands of people have been forced to move temporarily into safer areas in the outskirts of the capital Bujumbura.

19 Jan 1998 description

1 January - 31 December 1998

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Executive Summary

1) INTRODUCTION

1.1 Humanitarian Needs and Post-war Recovery

1.2 Historical Perspective

1.3 The Current Humanitarian Situation

2) THE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE STRATEGY

2.1 Non-Targeted Community-Based Assistance

3) THE APPEAL FRAMEWORK

3.1 The Focus of the Inter-Agency Appeal

3.2 The Nature of the Appeal and the Joint Approach

3.3 Appeal Objectives

3.4 Beneficiary Profile

4) CO-ORDINATION

19 Jan 1998 description

BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - U.S. military donations for Chinese earthquake victims became a symbol of warmer Sino-U.S. ties on Monday as U.S. Defence Secretary William Cohen began talks with China's top military officials. Chinese Defence Minister Chi Haotian and senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) military brass thanked Cohen for a planeload of medicine, blankets and warm clothing drawn from U.S. military stocks and delivered to victims of the January 10 earthquake in northern Hebei province.

19 Jan 1998 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, January 29, 1998 The World Bank today approved a US$10 million equivalent (SDR 7.4 million) Post-Conflict Emergency Reconstruction Project Credit to Tajikistan to support the Government s effort to reintegrate the Karategin-Tavildara Valley area into the national economy through a targeted program of short-term reconstruction of physical and social infrastructure and emergency support to agricultural development.

The project will help finance the following:

19 Jan 1998 description
report Voice of America

BYLINE=SONYA LAURENCE GREEN

19 Jan 1998 description
report Marek Enterprise

National News Congo


In a move which could threaten Americans and others
working for non-government organizations in the Congo,
ACP reported on January 17 that State Minister for Internal
Affairs Kakudji has warned against forming political parties
under the cover of NGOs and other associations, asserting
that such a move would violate the ban on political parties
and would result in arrests. The Kabila government has said

that some politicians are impeding the progress of the

19 Jan 1998 description
report IRIN

U N I T E D N A T I O N S
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa


Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35
e-mail: irin-wa@africaonline.co.ci

19 Jan 1998 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS



The Secretary-General on Monday expressed concern over the current political stalemate between the Government of
Tajikistan and the United Tajik Opposition (UTO), which appears to have deepened in recent days.

In a statement issued through his Spokesman, the Secretary-General urged both sides to discuss their differences in an open and constructive manner with a view to overcoming the stalemate and moving forward with the peace process.