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Angola: Emergency food aid

08-05-2002 News Release 02/19

Surveys conducted in April showed alarming rates of malnutrition and infant mortality in villages that can now be reached from Huambo. On 6 and 7 May the ICRC responded to the problem by distributing full rations of fortified maize flour, beans, cooking oil and salt to 8,300 people in Chilembo, 30 kilometres to the south. The distribution, which followed a registration of households, will be repeated over the coming months.
 
In April the ICRC had already provided Médecins sans frontières with buckets, jerrycans and 800 cartons of emergency food rations for distribution in the Bunje camp in Huila province, also accessible from Huambo. For the families of severely malnourished children from Bunje, who had been transferred to the therapeutic feeding centre run by MSF in Caala, it also supplied 24 tonnes of fortified maize flour, eight tonnes of beans, four tonnes of cooking oil and 600 kilos of salt. Furthermore, over 1,300 families in Huambo have received non-food items from the ICRC since the beginning of the year.
 
Under its regular assistance programme, the ICRC provides food aid for displaced persons in the camps of Cruzeiro in Huambo and Cantão Paolo and Cassoco in Caala, west of Huambo. In January, to cope with the increased influx of displaced persons, the ICRC began reregistering beneficiaries in these three camps, which now shelter 38,000 people, up from 28,000 at the end of 2001.