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Nigeria: Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement aids victims of violence in Kaduna

02-03-2000 News Release 00/07

Following the clashes between Christians and Moslems that erupted in Kaduna on 21 February, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, with the support of the ICRC and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has been mobilizing its resources to assist the victims of the violence.

Distribution of relief supplies began on 28 February after a survey of the damage and an assessment of needs. An estimated 80,000 people have taken refuge in 11 locations, including army camps and police barracks.

The Nigerian Red Cross National Officer for Training and Emergency Preparedness is in Kaduna to supervise the distribution of relief, which includes dressings and other medical material, mats, blankets, used clothing, jerrycans, cups, plates, cooking pots and rolls of plastic sheeting. Sixty tonnes of food consisting of rice, beans, garri, vegetable oil, salt and sugar are also on hand. It is planned to give out some 10,000 family rations per day.

The dressings and medical supplies are being delivered to hospitals in Kaduna which have admitted a total of 738 wounded, distributed as follows: 44 Army Reference Hospital (305wounded), ABU Teaching Hospital (80), General Hospital (15), Specialist Hospital (30), Moslem Islamic Institute Hospital (38), and NAF Hospital (270).

The Kaduna branch of the Nigerian Red Cross was helped by teams from the Plateau, Katsina and Abuja branches in assessing the situation and determining the aid the National Society could bring to the victims. More than 60 volunteers, both Christian and Moslem, are already on the spot.