The ICRC has delivered food aid to the Empada area of southern Guinea Bissau for distribution to some 8,000 people in 24 villages that were particularly affected by last year’s conflict. In a statement received by IRIN today, ICRC said the population in those villages had been unable to cross the front lines and were cut off from the outside world between June and November 1998. People also faced severe hardship because the collapse of a dike and the resulting floods had destroyed their food crops. The ICRC food will meet the inhabitants’ needs over the next two months, the statement said. The ICRC is now targeting its assistance to particularly vulnerable areas of the country, it added.
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