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Friday, August 08, 2003

:: Red Cross disgust at neglect of Liberians ::
The International Red Cross has expressed it's disgust at the international communities' neglect of the humanitarian crisis in Liberia which it says has been "neglected to a point rarely seen even in Africa".

At present 250,000 people are crammed into the capital Monrovia where food + water supplies are running desperately low, following weeks of urban warfare. On Wednesday the United Nations launched a fresh international appeal to raise $69-million from donors for emergency aid in Liberia.

So far donor governments have provided less than 22% of the $42.7-million the United Nations asked for last November, even though the UN has said that Liberia is suffering "a human catastrophe of horrific proportions."