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Tajikistan: three million franc budget extension

07-11-1996 News Release 96/44

Faced with a need for humanitarian action in Tajikistan that is growing more acute day by day, the ICRC has once again increased its budget for programmes to assist the victims of the conflict between government and opposition forces in that country. The estimated expenditure for 1996 has therefore increased from 12 million to 15 million Swiss francs.

The harsh climate and appalling road conditions are posing serious logistical problems for the ICRC, which has been forced to take special measures (acquiring 15 additional four-wheel-drive vehicles) to keep some population groups from becoming completely cut off by the snows. An example is Tavildara, a town that has seen sporadic fighting. There the ICRC has distributed food, warm clothing and medicines to the remaining population of some 2,500, mostly women, children and elderly people.

Over 20,000 displaced people who have fled the fighting or the resulting isolation are currently receiving regular ICRC assistance in Dushanbe, the Garm valley and Kalai-Khum, in Gorno-Badakhshan.