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Liberia: ICRC delivers aid to rural needy

08-06-2006 News Release 06/36

ICRC staff have completed the latest round of aid distributions to people still suffering the effects of years of armed conflict in Liberia. The distributions, which began in February, ended last week, having helped some 37,500 households (225,000 people) regain the ability to feed themselves.

The households received more than 1,000 tonnes of rice, bean and vegetable seed and about 1,000 tonnes of rice to be used as food while the seed is planted.

Last November the same families received farming and building tools including pick axes, cutlasses, hoes, axes, hammers and bow saws to help them prepare their land and rebuild their dwellings. Essential household items, including sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen sets, buckets, clothing and tarpaulins, were also distributed to the families.

The beneficiaries of these distributions are people who have returned to their homes after earlier fleeing fighting and other particularly vulnerable families in the counties of Lofa, Gbarpolu, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Cape Mount, and Rivercess. Difficult challenges were faced in completing the most recent distribution before the onset of the rainy season since many rural roads were near-impassable. In some counties, the ICRC had to start by rebuilding a large number of bridges that were unsafe or had been completely destroyed.

This latest distribution of seed and food by the ICRC will enable returnees and other particularly vulnerable residents in the most severely war-affected areas to resume farming and make progress toward self-sufficiency.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Robin Waudo, ICRC Monrovia, tel. +231 6 528 089  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17