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Mexico: ICRC relief distribution in Chiapas

12-11-1998 News Release 98/37

Geneva (ICRC) - In conjunction with the Mexican Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) carried out relief distributions in the Chenalho district of Chiapas from 3 to 7 November. Apart from soap, the supplies provided consisted of food (maize, maize flour, beans, rice, sugar, oil, sardines and salt), enough to cover 80% of the beneficiaries'nutritional needs over a period of two weeks.

The operation was designed to ensure the survival of displaced persons and local residents who have been giving them shelter and find themselves deprived of access to their fields. The distributions took place in the villages of Pohlo, Acteal, Xoyep, Poconichim, Naranjatic Alto, Chimix, Tzanembolom and Tzajalchen, bringing relief to over 9,600 people.

This was the ICRC's first relief operation since it returned to Chiapas last September. For the moment the distributions will be repeated every two weeks in the same villages. Should field surveys reveal that farmers elsewhere do not have normal access to their fields and therefore require food aid, they will be included in the programme.