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Republic of Guinea: End of emergency assistance for internally displaced

12-04-2001 News Release 01/14

Since the beginning of the year, some 83,000 internally displaced citizens of the Republic of Guinea have received food and other relief items from the ICRC. In total, 96,000 people have benefited from such aid since fighting broke out in September 2000.

The aid has been distributed mainly in south-eastern Guinea, but also in Kindia, Forécariah and Haute-Guinée. In the next few days, nearly 2,000 more people will receive food and the emergency phase of the operation will come to an end.

During the next phase, tens of thousands of people in the most vulnerable categories (single-parent families, the elderly and unaccompanied children) will be given food and basic necessities. People are now starting to return to Guéckédou, an important commercial centre situated four kilometres from the Liberian border. The town had been subjected to repeated attacks, forcing its 90,000 inhabitants to flee.

Since the start of the year, the ICRC has increased its operational capacity in the Republic of Guinea, where it now has 20 expatriates covering Conakry, Kissidougou, Nzérékoré and Kankan