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Uganda: ICRC distributes aid in fire-ravaged camp for the displaced

26-01-2005 News Release 05/10

On 21 January the Agweng camp for internally displaced people in the Lira district of northern Uganda was severely damaged by fire.

Over 4,500 families had been living in the camp after being displaced from their home areas by the ongoing conflict.

In coordination with the Uganda Red Cross Society, the ICRC started distributing tarpaulins, soap, blankets, cooking pots and jerry cans to meet the emergency needs of 1,548 families among those most affected by the fire.

During the last two months fire has broken out in several camps for the displaced in Gulu, Kitgum, Pader and Lira districts. Some 570 families have received emergency relief from the ICRC. The Ugandan Red Cross and the ICRC are extremely concerned by the proliferation of these incidents.

Since resuming operations in Uganda in June 2004, the ICRC has provided supplies for medical and water services as well as other aid for over 200,000 internally displaced people in the northern part of the country.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Juan Carlos Carrera, ICRC Kampala, tel. +256 77 221 994  

 Marco Jiménez, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 22 71