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ECOMOG arrests ACF staff

Two local staff members of the NGO Action contre la faim (ACF) have been arrested by ECOMOG troops in Freetown, an ACF statement said yesterday. The statement did not specify when or why the staff members were arrested. ACF said it had not been able to contact its personnel in the city because the aid agencies’ communications equipment, confiscated on Friday, had not yet been returned. The ACF statement appealed to the warring parties to respect the right of affected populations to receive humanitarian assistance.

Meanwhile, WFP’s weekly emergency report said that information flow from Freetown was now severely curtailed because of a government order for UN and NGO offices in tisited a central stadium in Freetown to assess the situation i abduct 11 missionaries Eleven priests and nuns were kidnapped by rebel forces last week in the Kissy district of east Freetown, the missionary news agency MISNA said today. It said the kidnappings took place on 12 and 14 January. The abducted missionaries are from Italy, India, Spain, Kenya and Bangladesh, MISNA added.

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