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05 May 2000 description

UN Secretary-General Appoints Regional Humanitarian Coordinator
On 1 May, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Manuel Aranda da Silva to serve as UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Drought in the Horn of Africa. Mr. Da Silva, who is a senior WFP official and a Mozambican national, will ensure coordination at the regional level of the UN inter-agency response to the drought in the Horn of Africa. This will include drought-related humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Eritrea, among other countries.

05 May 2000 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Quoted text from this briefing note may be attributed to the UNHCR spokesperson named below left

05 May 2000 description

The East Timor leader, Xanana Gusmao has appealed for more speed and flexibility in rebuilding East Timor.

Mr Gusmao says it's unfortunate that work in earnest has to wait for next month's World Bank meeting to discuss budgets.

Speaking to the Canberra Press Club, Mr Gusmao said the World Bank, the United Nations and donors have to move on reconstruction to calm popular discontent.

Recent incidents highlight a situation in which a lack of employment opportunities are giving rise to vagrancy, drunkenness and gambling amoungst organised groups of youths who are …

05 May 2000 description

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The American Friends Service Committee is accepting financial contributions for famine relief in the Horn of Africa. Millions of people are at risk of starvation in Ethiopia and the effects of this humanitarian crisis are already being felt in neighboring countries. An equally devastating famine has been reported in parts of Somalia, where wells and rivers have dried up and cholera is now spreading at an alarming rate by refugees migrating across the Ethiopian-Somali border.

05 May 2000 description

By Justin Brown, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

It was a war in which heroes were difficult to find. Among the Serbs, there was hardly a voice to condemn Slobodan Milosevic and his forces while they killed thousands of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Among Albanians, there was near silence after Kosovo was liberated and a wave of revenge began against the Serbs.

Two exceptions were Veton Surroi, an ethnic Albanian newspaper publisher, and Natasa Kandic, a Serbian human rights lawyer.

05 May 2000 description

Long-awaited rainfall - ICRC relief efforts accelerated

05 May 2000 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

05 May 2000 description

Around 300 United Nations personnel are being held in Sierra Leone by forces of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), according to the latest reports at UN headquarters in New York. Four peacekeepers from the UN's Kenyan battalion are presumed dead, and twelve people are reported wounded, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said today.

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The United Nations Security Council today condemned the outbreak of military hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), demanding that the conflict cease and that the parties reaffirm their commitment to last year's ceasefire.
In a statement by Council President Wang Yingfan of China, the Council said it was concerned by today's reports of renewed fighting between Ugandan and Rwandan forces in Kisangani, and particularly by reports that innocent Congolese citizens had been killed.

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report IRIN

NAIROBI, 5 May (IRIN) - Fighting between Ugandan troops and Rwandan-backed rebels broke out in the town of Kisangani on Friday morning. Both sides confirmed the fighting to IRIN.

05 May 2000 description
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NAIROBI, 5 May (IRIN) - Rwanda on Friday said it had urged regional intervention to put a stop to the fighting between Rwandan and Ugandan troops in the DRC town of Kisangani.

05 May 2000 description

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS, May 4 (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan telephoned African leaders to put pressure on Sierra Leone rebels holding 92 U.N. peacekeepers and sought to organize a rapid-reaction force to reinforce his 8,700 troops.

"Ideally one would want to see a rapid-reaction force go in to assist," Annan said on Thursday, adding that the force would have to be well-trained and well-equipped within a week.

Rebels of the Revolutionary United Front over the past four days began surrounding and capturing U.N.

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Rebels in Sierra Leone this morning released six United Nations hostages, according to the latest reports from that country.

05 May 2000 description

By Tsegaye Tadesse

ADDIS ABABA, May 5 (Reuters) - A combination of rain and food aid has brought some relief to people in parts of drought-stricken eastern Ethiopia this month, but the threat of famine remains, officials said on Friday.

Ethiopia's appeal for more than 830,000 tonnes of food aid to feed eight million people this year has almost been fulfilled, officials said, with pledges of help amounting to around 800,000 tonnes, mainly from Western donors.

But Getachew Tsefaye of the state-run Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission (DPPC) said he was concerned that …

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The current peacekeeping crisis in the West African country of Sierra Leone was predictable and has been brewing ominously for months. It should not have taken UN officials by surprise.