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Peru: Assistance for displaced villagers

17-09-1997 News Release 97/36

Following an outbreak of armed violence during the last week of August near the town of Tingo María, in the district of Beraun, close to 1,000 civilians fled their villages and took refuge in a safer area south of the town along the right bank of the Huallaga river. The ICRC sub-delegation in Tingo María provided emergency assistance (food, clothing, blankets, kitchen utensils) to 210 displaced families, who returned to their homes 10 days after receiving the aid. ICRC delegates in the region subsequently organized an information session for the villagers on international  humanitarian law and the ICRC's activities.