Nepal: Red Cross response in wake of recent fighting
30-03-2004 News Release 04/46
On 21 March, in the most serious clashes since a ceasefire collapsed last August, intense fighting took place in the town of Beni, in Myagdi district, central Nepal, between government troops and forces of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist.
In cooperation with the Nepal Red Cross Society, the ICRC quickly sent a team to assess the situation and respond to the most urgent needs. The National Society immediately set up three first-aid posts to treat the war-wounded. It also distributed a one-month supply of basic food rations and other essential items to people who had lost all their property, including their own homes, in the fighting. In addition, with advice and support from the ICRC, the local Red Cross chapter marked sites where unexploded devices had been discovered, and a radio broadcast alerted the local population to the danger.
The ICRC is seeking access to members of the security forces and other officials in the hands of the Maoist opposition since the recent fighting. As soon as the security situation allows, it will also assess the need for humanitarian aid in areas near Beni affected by the ongoing military operations.
For further information, please contact:
Nicolas Bachmann, ICRC Kathmandu, tel. ++977 1 44 82 285