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22 May 1998 description
report World Vision

World Vision Azerbaijan is distributing nearly 800 metric tonnes of monthly food rations to some 187,000 internally displaced Azeris (IDPs) who continue to live under very harsh conditions throughout the country. The food distribution program, launched four years ago in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), now covers 80% of all supplemental food deliveries to internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in Azerbaijan.

22 May 1998 description

Nairobi -- After meeting with aid agencies this week to review emergency operations currently underway in southern Sudan, WFP announced it would target with food aid some 595,000 people in the hunger-stricken province of Bahr El Ghazal, of whom 380,000 are in critical need of food aid for survival. This is a forty per cent increase over the numbers of people the agency has targeted to date.

22 May 1998 description

Monrovia - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme warned today that more than 42,000 Sierra Leoneans out of the 200,000 who have sought refuge in south-western Guinea since early March, will face serious shortages of food and other vital supplies within six weeks unless the two agencies can mobilise more trucks urgently to move people and relief supplies.

22 May 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35

22 May 1998 description
report UN Children's Fund

Friday, 22 May 1998: Outraged by the latest reports of atrocities in Sierra Leone that get "worse and worse", UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called today for concerted international action to ensure that children are protected.
The depravity of the atrocities has been escalating, as evidenced by recent news stories describing how 17 civilians, including women and children, were brutally tortured and mutilated, some suffering amputations of their hands, ears, breasts and genitals.

22 May 1998 description

LA PAZ, May 22 (Reuters) - An earthquake that hit Bolivia before dawn on Friday killed at least 18 people in two colonial towns in the center of the country, Interior Minister Guido Nayar said.

Nayar said 100 people were also missing after the quake hit the towns of Aiquile and nearby Totora, 250 miles (400 km) east of La Paz. The quake measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, making it the biggest shallow earthquake this century, experts said.

22 May 1998 description

By Timothy Heritage

MOSCOW, May 22 (Reuters) - President Boris Yeltsin signalled his concern over unrest on Russia's southern fringes on Friday by deciding to convene his top security body to discuss an armed raid on the main goverment building in Dagestan.

The Kremlin's alarm bells were set off on Thursday when gunmen briefly seized control of the main government building in Makhachkala, capital of the volatile, mostly Moslem region of Dagestan bordering breakaway Chechnya.

The assault was the latest in a series of violent incidents in Russia's North Caucasus.

22 May 1998 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

21 May 1998 description
  1. Plan of the Survey

    Objectives: To determine the extent of the food crisis in North Korea by estimating the mortality rate of family members who died of famine in a recent two year and eight month period (32 months from Aug 95 to 26 Mar 98).

    Methodology: Food refugees were interviewed individually in secret or invited to safe places and interviewed through the night.

    Principles: To inform interviewees that the survey is conducted to try to assist food refugees, befriend them if possible and allow them to speak out voluntarily.

    Venue: Border of North Korea and China, around …

21 May 1998 description

The United Nation's World Food Programme yesterday began an airlift of 2,300 metric tons of food to Burundi to feed tens of thousands of displaced and vulnerable persons in need of food aid.

21 May 1998 description

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an alliance of 12 leading British aid agencies today launched a joint national appeal for donations to help save lives and widespread starvation in southern Sudan.

21 May 1998 description

By Lawrence Sheets

TBILISI, May 21 (Reuters) - Georgia put its armed forces on alert on Thursday after the worst clashes between Georgian irregulars and forces from the breakaway Abkhazia region since a 1994 ceasefire.

''Full battle alert has been announced,'' Georgian Defence Ministry spokesman Koba Liklikadze told Reuters.

He added Defence Minister David Devzadze had flown to the western town of Zugdidi for meetings with ethnic Georgian refugees from Abkhazia, from whose ranks the guerrilla groups are mostly drawn.

The leader of the secessionist …

21 May 1998 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-73-54
Fax: +225 21-63-35

21 May 1998 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

21 May 1998 description

ISLAMABAD - The United Nations World Food Programme today sent a six-member team from Bamyan in Central Afghanistan, across dangerous frontlines of warring parties to assess the food situation of the Ghorbund Valley.

21 May 1998 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Fiscal Year (FY) 1998 - Situation Report

21 May 1998 description

Press Release
SG/T/2137
AFR/66

20 May 1998 description


Rwanda
Growing conditions in Rwanda since March have been favorable for season B crop development, and if the rains continue until mid-June and there are no major pest infestations, season B production will likely be the highest since the 1994 war. Markets for most staple crops reflect this expectation, with prices stable or decreasing.