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Guinea-Bissau: ICRC assists displaced people

04-11-1998 News Release 98/44

In spite of a peace agreement concluded by the parties to the conflict on 1 November, the humanitarian emergency in Guinea-Bissau is far from over. The accord put an end to the recent clashes, thus enabling the ICRC to resume its aid programme for the victims of the conflict. Today, 4 November, it is distributing basic necessities (mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, blankets, soap, cooking pots, jerricans and plastic buckets) to 2,000 families recently displaced in and around the towns of Prabis and Cumura. About 65% of the displaced in this area about 20 km west of Bissau are reported to be without shelter.

In its role as a neutral intermediary, on 28 October the ICRC evacuated 122 children and accompanying adults from a particularly hazardous area in Bissau to the Senegalese border post of Wassadou.

The ICRC has maintained five expatriates in Bafata and four in Bissau throughout the conflict.