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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° 22/1 June 1994

RWANDA

Hundreds of thousands displaced

The magnitude of the tragedy unfolding in Rwanda is Immeasurable. A vast Dumber of people have been displaced: estimates vary between one and two million. These people have lost everything. Many of them are wandering around the countryside completely bereft of shelter, food and medicines.

“Wave upon wave of displaced people”

During the past week alone, tens, even hundreds of thousands of people have fled the capital, Kigali. This is how the delegate in charge of the ICRC sub-delegation in Kabgayi, Aalame Fereydoun, described the scene on the road between Kigali and Gitarama: “Wave upon wave of displaced people are moving towards Gitarama. They can’t stop along the way because every possible space is already crammed with displaced persons. These people are city-dwellers; they have no cattle with them, so no reserves of food. It is hard to see how they are going to survive the trip. Many of them won’t make it. “Some of those who have reached Gitarama are now setting off towards Kibuye. Numerous other towns in Rwanda are completely overwhelmed by this human tide. Several hundred thousand totally destitute people have also gathered in the north and the west, in zones controlled by the Rwanda Patriotic Front (FPR).

A crisis beyond the capacity of the ICRC

The scale of the tragedy in Rwanda is well beyond the capacity of the ICRC. The Red Cross has been present since the start of the conflict and is currently assisting over 200,000 people in both government and FPR-controlled zone. During the last few days food distributions have been carried out in Gitarama, Kabgayi, Nyanza, Cyangugu and Byumba, and in the Ruhengeri area. A thousand casualties are being treated by Red Cross surgical teams in hospitals in Kigali and Kabgayi, and other hospitals have received medicines and medical supplies.

Aid programme for 750.000 people

In the coming days the ICRC will be setting up the necessary logistic structure to bring aid to 750,000 people in Rwanda. This is as much as it can do. “Other humanitarian organizations must step in quickly”, said Daniel Augstburger, the delegate at ICRC headquarters in charge of operations in Rwanda.