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Senegal: Food aid for 6,000 displaced people

10-02-1999 News Release 99/06

On 27 January the ICRC, working with the regional committee of the Senegalese Red Cross Society in Ziguinchor, carried out a food distribution for displaced people in the Ziguinchor and Bignona departments of Casamance. The beneficiaries had fled their villages because of the insecurity that prevailed following clashes between Senegalese government forces and the separatist Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC).

According to a count made by the National Society last December, 558 families, or 6,211 people, are receiving food aid. Some 31 tonnes of rice and 15 tonnes of millet were handed out in the latest distribution.

Despite the improved climate of the past few weeks, when for the first time since 1993 President Abdou Diouf met Fr Augustin Diamacoune Senghor, the historic leader of the MFDC, many of those displaced are still afraid to return to their villages.