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Tajikistan: civilians at risk

14-11-1996 News Release 96/45

The situation is steadily deteriorating for civilians in the Tavildara area, where opposition forces have taken control of Kalai Hussein and Sagirdasht, just below the pass leading from central Tajikistan to the autonomous eastern region of Gorno-Badakhshan.

Last week an ICRC convoy delivered 10 tonnes of flour for distribution to about 2,500 people still living there in extremely difficult conditions due to the fighting and heavy snowfalls. In the course of the past six weeks the ICRC has provided this isolated community with medicines and over 40 tonnes of relief supplies, including food, blankets and reinforced plastic sheeting.

Note: TV footage showing the situation in the Tavildara valley is available at the ICRC Audiovisual Division