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Irian Jaya: Help arrives by sea

09-01-1998 News Release 98/01

A ship carrying 82 tonnes of emergency food supplied by the ICRC has managed to reach the coastal town of Timika in Irian Jaya. The aid is intended for several thousand people hard hit by continuing drought in a region already suffering from chronic armed violence. The food will be distributed by helicopter to high-risk population groups entirely dependent on ICRC aid for their survival, first in the Mimika district and then in the southern part of the Baliem valley and the Merauke region (along the border with Papua New Guinea).