Indonesia: Aid for 11,000 displaced people
02-09-1999 News Release 99/36
In the aftermath of inter-ethnic clashes in Sambas, West Kalimantan earlier this year, the ICRC worked in conjunction with the local branch of the Indonesian Red Cross to distribute relief supplies to people forced to flee their homes. Between March and May, 58,000 non-food items (mattresses, personal hygiene items and packs of detergent) were delivered to people who had sought refuge in camps in Pontianak and Singkawang.
In June, the ICRC learned that the food situation had dramatically deteriorated in the camps. Together with the local Red Cross it decided to organize a two-month distribution, from July to September, to supplement the rice provided by the Indonesian authorities. The Red Cross programme supplied some 46 tonnes of beans, 40 tonnes of cooking oil, 40 tonnes of dried fish, 13 tonnes of sugar and three tonnes of salt to around 11,000 displaced people. The ICRC also supported a supplementary feeding programme run by the local department of health for children under five years of age, providing among other things two tonnes of oil and 1.5 tonnes of sugar. Malnutrition has since diminished. The ICRC will be phasing out its support following assurances by the authorities that they will continue the programme.