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Senegal: Assistance for the displaced

23-04-1998 News Release 98/16

From 15 to 21 April the regional committee of the Red Cross in Ziguinchor (Casamance) distributed some 80 tonnes of food to 15,000 displaced people who had previously been registered by the National Society. The distributions were carried out under cooperation programmes set up between the ICRC and the Senegalese Red Cross Society. Since mid-1997 the southern region of Casamance has been the scene of renewed clashes between the Senegalese armed forces and the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance.

In early March the ICRC provided the regional hospital in Ziguinchor with one tonne of medicines to build up emergency stocks for the treatment of people wounded in the fighting. It also visited 235 persons arrested in connection with the events.

Previous distributions of food and medical supplies had been carried out by the Senegalese Red Cross and the ICRC respectively during the second half of 1997 and in early 1998.