The humanitarian situation is still satisfactory in Bissau, the Guinea Bissau capital, but few city residents are returning, UNICEF reported today (Wednesday). An OCHA official in Dakar told IRIN today that residents were still hesitant to return because the West African intervention force ECOMOG had not yet arrived to replace Senegalese and Guinean troops in the country, as required under the Abuja Peace Accord signed on 1 November in Nigeria.
In a regular report today giving an overview of the situation in the country, UNICEF says Bissau residents are still crowded in small towns near the capital, such as Safim. An official at the Swedish Embassy in Bissau told IRIN today that some people were returning and that cars were now allowed to use the main road, reopened on Monday, from the airport to the city centre.
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