Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0149
Rising violence in Burundi has brought
fears of a genocide to rival Rwanda's in 1994. Neighbouring Tanzania is
worried that another refugee flood might suddenly pour over its border.
Now, reports Gemini News Service, Tanzanian elder statesman Julius Nyerere
has embarked on a peace mission with international backing.
By DEREK INGRAM,
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency's (ADRA) Sierra Leone office has just accepted a request by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to take over the care of 74 unaccompanied and orphaned children from Monrovia, Liberia. The orphanage has been managed by UNICEF and UNHCR. Last weeks attack on the orphanage prompted staff to evacuate the children to Sierra Leone.
This is number 8 in a series of weekly reports from IRIN on general developments in the Great Lakes region. Sources for the information below include UN, NGO, ICRC and media reports. IRIN issues these reports for the benefit of the humanitarian community, but accepts no responsibility as to the accuracy of the original sources.
Geneva (ICRC) - On 8, 9 and 10 May 1996, the authorities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorny Karabakh released 109 detainees captured in connection with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. The release operation took place under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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GENEVA, May 9 (Reuter) - Malaria, almost eradicated in Azerbaijan 25 years ago, is spreading fast in the former Soviet republic and could threaten its neighbours, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.
The U.N. agency said reported cases of the disease reached 2,802 in 1995 in 42 districts, roughly two-thirds of the trans-Caucasian state on the western shores of the Caspian Sea.
EAST AFRICA AND THE HORN
Angola Country Report
ICRC News 96/18
The ICRC is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Burundi and the circumstances of the civilian population which is being increasingly targeted in the fighting. Ten of the fifteen provinces in the country have been or continue to be affected by the conflict. The fate of the civilian population is all the more precarious as ethnic divisions are widening. The population is being encouraged to join ranks with the government forces or to flee to the hills and be marked as the enemy.
The ICRC has supplied emergency aid for 14,000 newly displaced people in the Rutshuru area, east of Masisi (Zaire). More than 50,000 displaced people had already arrived recently in the area, where conflict has flared between Zairian tribes and people of Rwandan origin who have lived there for many years.
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
A United States Institute of Peace team spent time in Angola in February to explore how Angolan and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can promote reconciliation in Angola as part of the postwar peace process. The recommendations the team prepared are directed primarily at Angola but could apply to other countries engaged in peacebuilding.
6-7 May 1996