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Solomon Islands: ICRC responds to the violence in Honiara

20-04-2006 News Release

The ICRC and the Solomon Islands Red Cross have delivered assistance to civilians affected by the violence in the capital, Honiara.

 The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC regional delegation in Suva on 20 April 2006.  

The ICRC and the Solomon Islands Red Cross, concerned about the situation of displaced civilians in Honiara, distributed on April 19 emergency supplies such as mattresses, buckets, jerry cans, blankets, sanitary items and cooking utensils to some 160 persons who fled the violence and sought shelter at the Police Academy

By April 20, about 1000 displaced people, mainly of Chinese origin, were registered by the Solomon Islands Red Cross. More than 400 people are staying at the police facilities because their homes have been destroyed. In an attempt to ease the plight of these persons, a one-off distribution of basic food and non-food items will be distributed in the coming hours.

Should the need arise further emergency stocks will be deployed. The ICRC Regional Delegation for the Pacific remains at the disposal of the Solomon Islands Red Cross should demand for stocks outstrip supply.