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19 Dec 1997 description

Pivotal diamond deal nears deadline

19 Dec 1997 description
report World Vision

World Vision is helping to fight a cholera outbreak which has so far killed an estimated 30-45 people in two of the worst slums in Nairobi located in the Mathare and Korogocho areas. Working with other relief agencies, World Vision will be responsible for emptying pit latrines, purchasing water purifiers and providing high calorie food to the gravely sick cholera patients admitted in health centres in the slum areas. There is no reliable safe water in the area and sewage is flowing freely along the alleys in the two slums.

19 Dec 1997 description
report World Vision

As waters begin to recede after nearly two months of flooding, the people of southern Somalia are set to face another potential disaster - a possible cholera epidemic. In towns and villages along the Juba river, flooding has caused the collapse of pit latrines and the contamination of wells. World Vision is initiating a program to provide safe water to project sights in Middle Juba province. Sand filtration and chlorination will be used to supply 10,000 litres of clean water a day in Bu'alle, Saacow and Salagle.

19 Dec 1997 description
report World Vision

A delivery of 3,500 tonnes of food for World Vision projects in Tonj county is set to commence from WV Sudan's new logistical base in Kiboko, Northern Uganda. The food will be transported overland by truck convoys over a three month period. Distribution of 2,500 survival kits to people displaced by ongoing fighting in Southern Sudan has just been completed in Twic, north of World Vision's project site in Gogrial. An additional 6,000 survival kits are to be distributed in January to people displaced by fighting around the southern Sudanese city of Juba.

19 Dec 1997 description

Contact: Kevin Doyle, 310-826-7800

Los Angeles - Medical workers for the Los Angeles-based organization International Medical Corps (IMC), operating in Burundi, report a significant increase in the occurrence of shigella dysentery in various regions of the war-torn country. Shigella dysentery is a highly contagious and often deadly disease that was one of the main killers in the Goma refugee camps in 1994.

19 Dec 1997 description

KAMPALA, Uganda (PANA) - A combined force of Ugandan and Congolese troops overran a rebel base in eastern Congo, capturing an undisclosed amount of ammunition, Uganda's state-owned newspaper, The New Vision, reported Friday.

19 Dec 1997 description

Paul Ejime, PANA Correspondent
LAGOS, Nigeria (PANA) - The Ministerial Committee of Five of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) began a crucial meeting Friday to review the political crisis in Sierra Leone.

All five ministers from Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria are attending the day-long meeting, the community's

19 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

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

19 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Departement des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129

19 Dec 1997 description

LUANDA, Angola (PANA) - The Angolan government has given the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola till Jan. 22, 1998 to complete all the unfinished tasks it undertook under the 1994 Lusaka Peace Agreement, the country's news agency reported Friday.

19 Dec 1997 description

Media Contact: Beth Schaefer, News & Information Officer, ADRA/I
Phone: (301) 680-6355 Fax: (301) 680-6370
Date: December 19, 1997

19 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

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

19 Dec 1997 description
report Human Rights Watch

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH / AFRICA FéDéRATION INTERNATIONALE DES LIGUES DES DROITS DE L'HOMME
For Further Information, Contact:
Alison Des Forges (518) 382-5540 (h) (New York)
Peter Takirambudde (212) 972-8400 (o) (New York)

(609) 716-4777 (h)
(New Jersey)
Janet Fleischman (202) 371-0124 ext. 114 (Washington, DC)

19 Dec 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=12/19/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-224345
TITLE=U-N / RWANDA REFUGEES (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN
DATELINE=GENEVA
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO: OFFICIALS FROM THE U-N REFUGEE AGENCY (U-N-H-C-R) ARE
TRAVELING TO THE BYUMBA AREA IN NORTHEASTERN RWANDA TO LOOK AT
POSSIBLE NEW SITES TO HOUSE SURVIVORS OF ATTACKS AT REFUGEE CAMPS
IN RWANDA DURING THE PAST WEEK. LISA SCHLEIN IN GENEVA REPORTS
MORE THAN 300 REFUGEES WERE KILLED AND MORE THAN 200 OTHERS

19 Dec 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=12/19/97
TYPE=BACKGROUND REPORT
NUMBER=5-38474
TITLE=YEARENDER: CONGO REPUBLIC '97
BYLINE=PURNELL MURDOCK
DATELINE«IDJAN
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO: THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO HAS A NEW LEADER -- BUT NOT BY
THE NATIONAL ELECTIONS THAT WERE SCHEDULED FOR JULY OF THIS PAST
YEAR. FORMER MILITARY RULER DENIS SASSOU-NGUESSO OUSTED
PRESIDENT PASCAL LISSOUBA IN A FIVE-MONTH CIVIL WAR THAT KILLED
MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND PEOPLE AND DISPLACED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS.
V-O-A WEST AFRICA CORRESPONDENT PURNELL MURDOCK LOOKS BACK AT THE

19 Dec 1997 description

Number of people newly reported to have died : 2 (total confirmed: 1,830)

Number of displaced people: total so far at least 230,000

People remaining at risk: approximately 1 Million

Livestock reported killed so far : at least 33,014

19 Dec 1997 description

NAIROBI - The World Food Programme (WFP) appealed to the
international donor community today to provide US$12.8 million in
emergency food aid to the Acholi people of Northern Uganda, displaced
by civil strife.
The food will go to 257,600 internally displaced persons, who have
fled to camps in the districts of Gulu and Kitgum. Almost half the
households are headed by women, and the recipients include 65,000
school age children and more than 4,000 orphans and former rebels in

18 Dec 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
Departement des Affaires Humanitaires / IRIN
pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
Tel: +254 2 622 147
Fax: +254 2 622 129