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Senegal: Food aid for more than 4,600 displaced in Casamance

17-12-1999 News Release 99/50

On 13 December, in cooperation with the regional branch of the Senegalese Red Cross in Ziguinchor (Casamance), the ICRC began distributing food aid to 4,614 displaced people (435 families) from nine villages in the region.

This is the fourth emergency distribution that has been made this year to people displaced on account of poor security conditions. In 1999 the Red Cross has distributed 237 tonnes of food aid in the Ziguinchor region. The ICRC launched this programme in the summer of 1997.

The current distribution began 10 days after the outskirts of Ziguinchor were attacked by around a hundred armed men who (according to a communiqué issued by the Senegalese army) belonged to the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC). The last distribution of the year, it is being carried out at a time when the whole population has placed its hopes in the negotiations scheduled to open on 26 December between the MFDC and the government.