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Equatorial Guinea: Red Cross mobilizes to help compatriots expelled from Gabon

08-03-1995 News Release 10

Since the Gabonese government's decision on 15 February to demand the departure of tens of thousands of foreigners working illegally in the country, Equatorial Guinea has had to deal with a massive influx of its returning nationals. With financial assistance from the ICRC and the Swiss Red Cross, the Equatorial Guinea Red Cross Society immediately launched a programme to aid the returnees. It organized transport from three border posts to towns and villages in the country's interior and chartered a ship for crossings to the island of Malabo. It also set up emergency facilities to distribute bread, sardines and water. By its prompt action, the Equatorial Guinea Red Cross eased the effects of a situation that was traumatic for thousands.