UNHCR reports relocation of Sierra Leonean refugees

Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) says it has completed the relocation of more than 54,000 refugees from an insecure area near Guinea's volatile border with Sierra Leone to what it said were better protected camps further inland.
The UNHCR office in Sierra Leone said "now that the relocation is complete, UNHCR has terminated its assistance in the insecure Parrots Beak region (a stretch of Guinean territory extending into Sierra Leone) that has been cut off from humanitarian assistance since last September because of fighting.
The agency said "material assistance to refugees will now only be provided to new sites farther inland, where the Guinean Government can assure physical safety of the refugees.

02 june 2001 18:59:00

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