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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° 17/26 April 1995

RWANDA

WOUNDED FROM KIBEHO CAMP EVACUATED TO BUTARE

On 23 April the ICRC and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) began to evacuate to Butare people who had been wounded the previous day in Kibeho camp. Some 200 patients have already been admitted to the hospital run by Mcins sans frontis (MSF) and to the university teaching hospital in Butare, where a wing has been turned over to the ICRC and placed under the protection of the Red Cross emblem. Two surgical teams have been working there since 24 April and about 100 casualties are receiving treatment.

Kibeho camp is now almost completely deserted, with only upwards of 2,000 people still there. The ICRC is trying to provide these remaining occupants with food and water, and at the same time to act as a neutral intermediary between them and the Rwandan Patriotic Army so that they can be evacuated. Some 200 children abandoned in the camp have been taken by the ICRC to Butare.

Fresh exodus in southern Rwanda

The other camps for displaced people in southern Rwanda are deserted too. Before the events of last week there were an estimated 280,000 civilians living in the camps. At present these people are scattered throughout the region, making the role of the humanitarian relief agencies as crucial as ever. On 25 April the ICRC distributed food to about 35,000 people along the roads and in some villages.

Prison conditions still alarming

The ICRC remains deeply concerned about the situation in the country’s prisons. Before the camps began to empty, 35,000 detainees were being held in conditions of extreme overcrowding. The detainees have been able to survive with the assistance of the ICRC, which is supplying them with water, food and medicines.

In view of the current circumstances, the ICRC has decided to strengthen its team of delegates in the field.

Further information: Renuc Thz, ICRC Geneva
Tel. ++4122 730 2302