Angola: ICRC President completes four-day visit
01-12-2000 News Release 00/44
Geneva (ICRC) – Mr Jakob Kellenberger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was in Angola from 27 to 30 November to observe at first hand, from the humanitarian viewpoint, the country's situation after 25 years of war. On the last day of his visit Mr Kellenberger met the Angolan authorities and representatives of the diplomatic corps and international humanitarian organizations in Luanda.
During his stay Mr Kellenberger went to the ICRC subdelegations in Huambo, Kuito and Lobito. He also visited several places on the central Planalto where thousands of people displaced by the conflict have taken refuge. The ICRC, particularly concerned about the plight of civilians, who are often forced to flee the fighting in extremely difficult conditions, has launched a large-scale food-aid programme. At present over 300,000 people, both displaced and residents, are receiving assistance.
The ICRC, which has been working in Angola since the outbreak of the conflict, has also set up agricultural rehabilitation projects to help the rural population regain a measure of economic self-sufficiency. In addition, it is involved in primary health care and surgical assistance projects and in physical rehabilitation activities for the victims of anti-personnel mines.
In terms of logistic resources and funding, the ICRC's operation in Angola is its largest in Africa, where it has about 20 delegations.