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Comores: ICRC visits detainees

17-09-1997 News Release 97/36

On 11 September the ICRC visited 83 persons captured during the recent clashes between government soldiers and secessionist forces on the island of Anjouan in the Comoros archipelago.

The visit took place in accordance with the ICRC's customary working procedures: all the detainees spoke in private with an ICRC delegate and had the opportunity to write Red Cross messages to their families. The next day they received basic hygiene articles (toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap) from the ICRC. The messages written were distributed on the island of Grande Comore, with the assistance of the Comoran Red Crescent.