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Republic of Guinea: Aid for the displaced

22-11-2001 News Release 01/46

In October the ICRC furnished basic necessities in the form of blankets, sleeping mats, canvas sheets, cooking utensils and soap to over 13,000 people (some 1,800 families) around the town of Guéckédou, in south-eastern Guinea near the border with Sierra Leone.

The area – north-west of the " Parrot's Beak " portion of Guinean territory that protrudes into Sierra Leone – was the object of heavy attack in December 2000 and March 2001, as a result of which much of the population fled into northern Guinea. After a month of displacement, most of those people have now gradually returned to their homes. They are nevertheless destitute, having lost almost all their property.