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Solomon Islands: ICRC assists 7,000 displaced people on the island of Malaita

19-08-1999 News Release 99/34

ICRC delegates have recently mounted an emergency operation to assist some of the 17,000 people who have fled their homes and sought refuge in and around the capital, Honiara, and on the island of Malaita since violence broke out in the Solomon Islands four months ago.

From 23 July to 13 August, local Red Cross teams backed up by two ICRC delegates assessed needs in the northern, central and southern areas of Malaita and distributed six weeks'rations of rice and tinned fish to nearly 7,000 people. Other items such as vegetable seed, fishing kits and detergent were provided as well.

ICRC activities in the Solomon Islands will now shift back to Guadalcanal province.