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ICRC NEWS N° 39/28 September 1994

RWANDA
GOOD DONOR RESPONSE

The ICRC is so far satisfied with the donors’ response to its 104 million Swiss francs appeal. By the end of the year the expenses of the largest ICRC operation in 1994 should be covered. With 47 million Swiss francs, the European Union is currently the largest donor to this operation, followed by individual States and, with around 8 million Swiss francs, the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Over a million displaced persons assisted

The ICRC operation is still growing. Some 12,000 tonnes of food have been distributed to one million beneficiaries this September, and the ICRC intends to distribute another 14,000 tonnes to 1.1 million people in October. The total distributed during the last four months of the year should thus come to more than 50,000 tonnes. “This operation is reaching the scale of the Somalia operation, which was the largest in any single country in the ICRC’s history”, comments Daniel Augstburger, head of the Rwanda task force at ICRC headquarters in Geneva. A second seed distribution is also planned for early next year so that the population’s self-sufficiency can be largely restored by the main harvest in June 1995.

More than 3,000 prisoners visited

The ICRC has another very important task in Rwanda, namely visits to prisons and police stations. The government in Kigali has agreed to the conditions set by the ICRC for them and more than 3,000 prisoners have meanwhile been visited. ICRC delegates assess the conditions in the prisons and provide the prisoners with desperately needed supplies. Reports on the conditions found in all places visited are regularly submitted to the Ministries of Justice and Defence.

Other ICRC activities include the registration of thousands of unaccompanied children and the installation of a message service for adults in and outside Rwanda.

Further information: Tony Burgener, ICRC Geneva
Tel: ++41 22 730 2317