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Tajikistan: ICRC back at work

05-03-1997 News Release 97/08

After a two-week suspension of operations during the hostage crisis, the ICRC started carrying out food distributions again last week for displaced persons in the Vanch Valley of Gorno-Badakhshan and in reception centres around Dushanbe. It has also resumed its nutritional and medical assistance for 5,500 prisoners.

At the same time, a team of delegates travelled to the mountainous region of Tavildara to assess the needs of people cut off from the outside world because of the harsh winter and suffering the effects of the fighting that took place in the autumn of 1996. The ICRC's relief programme in Tajikistan will cover the needs of some 30,000 people this year.

The delegates resumed their visits to hospitals treating the war-wounded in Dushanbe. In the town of Garm, where typhoid had broken out among patients coming from the capital, they quickly issued advice on preventive measures and provided assistance for the local hospital.

The ICRC currently has 39 expatriate delegates in Tajikistan. It also has about 240 locally recruited staff working at its delegation in Dushanbe and in its offices in Garm and Khorog.