Delivery of urgent relief supplies to emergency victims
Access to victims of complex emergencies is a critical issue in
many situations. UNVs in Angola have helped to keep peace-corridors open for the
delivery of vital relief supplies. In Somalia, a team of UNV Air Traffic
Controllers and other UNV navigation and safety specialists from neighbouring
countries played a crucial role for ICAO in re-opening Mogadishu airport to
cargo traffic, and in expanding flight schedules to accommodate airlifts for
delivery of food relief at the height of the recent famine.
Far from home, Peter Mueti (Kenya) has become a veteran UNV
specialist in relief operations and logistics. After serving in Afghanistan for
some years ensuring relief supplies arrived at their isolated destinations, he
went on to the former Yugoslavia, where he served as escort officer on UNHCR-run
relief convoys to Sarajevo, in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Later he moved to Podgorica,
Montenegro, and organized warehouses, distribution plans, and coordination with
the Montenegrin Red Cross, for deliveries of 21,000 MT of food and other
materials, including 17,000 MT to 21 municipalities for 67,500 refugees. He also
pre-positioned items for anticipated influxes of new refugees.
Additionally, since the Gulf War in 1990, UNVs have been providing
essential services in water and sanitation, nutrition, food aid monitoring, etc.
through UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNICEF and other UN agencies, to the Kurdish population
in the north of Iraq.
At their briefing for work in
ex-Yugoslavia, and accompanied by UNV's Francis O'Donnell (right), UNVs met UN
High Commissioner for Refugees, Mme. Sadako Ogata (Photo: UNV/Eva