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Rwanda: end of ICRC programme for civilian population

17-01-1996 News Release 96/2

The ICRC's assistance programme for the civilian population in Rwanda came to a close as planned at the end of 1995. Some 360,000 people had received ICRC food aid in the prefectures of Kigali rural, Butare and Gikongoro during the second semester. Most of the beneficiaries were people who had returned to their home areas during the year. On the basis of various agricultural surveys carried out in November, the ICRC feels that these people can become self-sufficient in terms of food during the coming harvest season, which is beginning now. ICRC teams of agronomists distributed seed, mainly beans, last August and September under a programme that covered 65,000 families.

ICRC food distributions will henceforth be limited to detainees in prison - about 45,000 people - until the authorities are in a position to take responsibility for the programme.