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ICRC NEWS N° 30/27 July 1994

RWANDA
HALF A MILLION PEOPLE NEED AID IN SOUTH-WEST

Recent surveys carried out in the Gikongoro and Cyangugu areas show that living conditions for some 500,000 people are deteriorating rapidly and that a massive effort is needed to avert a further catastrophe. The ICRC is increasing its staff in the region in preparation for the distribution of 8,000 tonnes of food per month.

The ICRC will provide not only food aid but also clean water, medical supplies and materials for building shelters.

The programme will cover about 30.000 people in the Cyangugu, 120,000 in the Kibuye and 350,000 in the Gikongoro areas.

Aircraft to make four round trips daily

From Friday 29 July, a Hercules C-130 will make four round trips daily between the Burundi capital Bujumbura and Cyangugu, where the ICRC will have about 50 trucks ready to take the supplies on to other destinations. ICRC expatriate staff in the area will be increased fourfold to 38, plus 38 expatriate truck-drivers assigned to the programme.

450,000 litres of water per hour

The ICRC is still working in other pans of Rwanda. The institution’s sanitary engineers have taken steps to supply three districts of the capital, Kigali, with 450,000 litres of drinking water per hour. The water will also go to the ICRC hospital, where about 200 casualties are being treated, the King Faisal hospital, and five reception centres for children who have become separated from their parents.

New prisoners registered

The ICRC has registered 65 new prisoners in Kigali, bringing the total number of prisoners visited in the capital and in Rilima to 182.

1,700 children identified

Registration of Rwandan children separated from their parents continues in refugee camps in Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zaire. Details concerning the identity of 1,700 children have already been sent to the ICRC Tracing Agency in Nairobi, where all such information collected by the humanitarian organizations is being centralized.