Period covered: January - March 2000
Joint efforts of the Honduran Red Cross, the Federation Delegation and very active bilaterally Participating National Societies already yield results in the rehabilitation, institutional development and disaster preparedness activities .
In November 1998, Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America, most particularly Honduras. Mitch was the worst natural phenomenon in the history of this country and, to date, it is considered one of the worst disasters to strike Latin America in the last 200 years.
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- "'A time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.' Those words from John 16 (NIV) sound very different when read to an Indonesian congregation," said Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, director of peace programs, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Indonesia. "Jesus' words are coming true on a regular basis here." During the past two years, violence between Christians and Muslims has spread rapidly among the islands of the world's largest archipelago.
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JOHANNESBURG, 22 June (IRIN) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has warned in its latest update that small-scale ambushes and attacks throughout the country continue to undermine the humanitarian relief effort.
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Gracanica, June 22 - Early this morning, just after midnight, at least 6 mortar grenades landed in the very vicinity of the church of Decani monastery.
East Timor has taken another step towards independence.
An enlarged all-Timorese Consultative Council has been appointed to operate jointly as a power sharing coalition with the United Nations.
Senior East Timorese leaders have been arguing that they were not being given a big enough share of responsibility during the transition to full independence.
A U-N spokeswoman in Dili says the 33 member council will include former independence fighters as well as a number of other groups, such as students, farmers, women and the Roman Catholic church.
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Authorities in Kosovo today strongly denied reports that the first wheat crops since last year's conflict have been contaminated or poisoned.
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As the number of refugees mainly from the Southern Sudan continue to flow into Kenya, LWF continues to be the lead agency in the Kakuma refugee camp in providing basic humanitarian needs in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
NAIROBI (June 22) XINHUA - The water shortage is expected to worsen in the Kenyan capital Nairobi as water levels at the dams continue to drop due to poor rainfall.
The East African Standard newspaper Thursday quoted acting Town Clerk Godfrey Mate as saying that water rationing, which has been imposed in the higher districts of the city, will now be extended to the lower districts including the city center.
Water levels at the dams have fallen to "worrying levels" since the water rationing began in the city a week ago, Mate said.
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (PANA) - Over one million people in Tanzania are experiencing an acute food shortage as a result of drought, with the World Food Programme saying it has no relief aid set aside for them.
Russian Federal Border Service Director Konstantin Totskii told Interfax in St. Petersburg on 21 June that he considers it premature to terminate the CIS peacekeeping operation in Tajikistan (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 21 June 2000). He added that in the light of the concentration of Taliban forces near Afghanistan's border with the Central Asian states, he doubts that the decision will be implemented before the situation in Tajikistan reverts to normal.
Summer may have arrived in Mongolia but the consequences of this year's devastating 'dzud' - as the severe winter is called - are far from being over for 450,000 people scattered in the 13 affected provinces. Current high temperatures and a shortage of rain are making it difficult for herdsmen and their livestock to recover from the winter and for overgrazed pastures to grow back.
The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said today it was pursuing an investigation into yesterday's rioting in northern Mitrovica, where a crowd of Serbs had stoned and set fire to UN police vehicles and scuffled with the police.
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The UN World Food Program's Dushanbe representative,
Bouchan Hadj-Chikh, said on 21 June that the program will provide 90,000
tons of food aid worth $45 million over the next two years to feed an estimated
575,000 people, Reuters and Asia Plus-Blitz reported. Part of that aid
will be distributed to the elderly and to children, and some will be given
in payment for agricultural produce. The UN agency will fund rehabilitation
work in the agricultural sector and reconstruction of schools and hospitals.
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Two Indonesian navy ships have evacuated more than 700 people after an attack on their village in Maluku province on Monday.
Muslim fighters killed scores of people in the attack on the Christian village of Duma, on Halmahera island.