TITLE=AUSTRALIA / TIMOR
INTRO: Australian military officials are set
to begin (have begun) air drops of food and
other supplies to starving refugees into East
Timor, where many people are still hiding from
anti-independence militias. From Jakarta, V-O-
A's Kyle King reports.
TEXT: The skeleton U-N staff still in the
violence-ravaged capital of East Timor says the
first truckloads of food for the refugees began
arriving on Wednesday. The trucks were
carrying mainly rice.
More are expected to trickle in today, along
with the first air drops, which are being
organized with the help of the Australian
United Nations officials say internally-
displaced refugees driven from their homes by
the anti-independence militias are in desperate
need of food and medical supplies.
Aid agencies say young children are most at risk
-- especially from malnutrition and diseases,
such as malaria, cholera, typhoid and measles.
Aid agencies say they hope to quickly follow
peacekeeping troops who are expected to begin
arriving in East Timor in the coming days.
NEB/KBK / wd
16-Sep-1999 00:44 AM LOC (16-Sep-1999 0444 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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