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Republic of Guinea: Thousands flee clashes

21-09-2000 News Release 00/36

For the past two weeks, several Guinean towns near the borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone have been attacked by armed groups from those two countries. The clashes have claimed a great number of victims, including a UNHCR employee killed on 17 September. The prevailing insecurity has also caused thousands of local inhabitants to flee their homes and thousands of Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees to return to their countries of origin.

In coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Red Cross Society of Guinea, the ICRC has provided the displaced with medical and other assistance. On 8 September the ICRC already delivered emergency medical supplies to Forécariah hospital, which was admitting many of the wounded.

So as to increase its operational capacity, the ICRC, which currently has three expatriates working on the spot, will bolster its team by sending two more staff members to Conakry. The Red Cross Movement is following the situation closely and plans to step up its assistance activities in the days ahead.