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close this bookICRC Activities in Rwanda: 1993 - 6 April 2000 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 230 p.)
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ICRC NEWS N° 16/21 April 1994

Humanitarian emergency

The fighting that has raged in central Rwanda since early April has now spread to the entire country, leaving tens of thousands of people dead and as many injured. Hundreds of thousands more have fled their homes to escape the slaughter and are now scattered throughout the country. There is an enormous need for humanitarian assistance.

In Kigali ICRC medical teams are working round the clock at both the central hospital and an ICRC field hospital, where over 600 casualties have already received treatment. The ICRC has also started distributing food aid to several thousand people in various parts of the capital.

Two additional ICRC teams that managed to enter the country from Burundi and Uganda on 16 and 17 April are now conducting a survey of medical and food needs in the norm and south of the country. Initial reports indicate that several hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the north-east and south-east of Rwanda and that some 100,000 more are grouped near Butare in the south. The ICRC will try to get food through to them in an operation organized together with the World Food Programme (WFP), which has made available its food stocks in Burundi.

The ICRC’s work would be impossible without the steadfast support of the Rwandese Red Cross staff and its own local employees who are taking part, often at the risk of their own, in medical activities and food distributions in the capital.

In their constant contacts with all the parties involved, ICRC delegates are also calling for the lives of civilians and the wounded to be spared and for aid workers to be allowed to perform their humanitarian tasks.

Further information: Renuc Thz, ICRC Geneva
Tel. ++4122 7302302