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DATE=10/7/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N / AFRICA REFUGEES (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-254759 BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN DATELINE=GENEVA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The Organization of African Unity is appealing to the international community to pay more attention to the plight of millions of refugees in Africa. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports O-A-U officials say refugees in Africa feel like forgotten people. TEXT: O-A-U Deputy Secretary-General Said Djinnit says Africa's refugees are of little interest to the international community and are being sidelined when it comes to international aid. He says the focus of international attention has shifted from Africa to the crises of Kosovo and East Timor. Mr. Djinnit -- who is in Geneva for the U-N refugee conference -- says Africans sympathize with all refugees and displaced people around the world, including those in Kosovo and East Timor. But, he says one tragedy should not displace the needs of another tragedy. /// DJINNIT ACT ONE - IN FRENCH - FADE UNDER /// Mr. Djinnit says the amount of money spent on each refugee in Africa is much lower than for refugees in the rest of the world. He says African refugees attract less attention and less money than refugees elsewhere. The U-N refugee agency says Africa has about 30 percent of the world's refugee population -- with about seven million refugees and 20 million displaced people. The refugee agency says donors have pledged only 30 percent of the 300-million dollars it requested for humanitarian aid in Africa this year. /// REST OPT /// Mr. Djinnit says Africa is working hard to resolve its many conflicts. He says the O-A-U has helped broker peace agreements in Sierra Leone and Congo-Kinshasa. But he says putting these plans into effect costs a lot of money- money which Africa does not have. /// DJINNIT ACT TWO - IN FRENCH - FADE UNDER /// Mr. Djinnit says he is disappointed with the lack of rapid reaction from the international community in helping Africa resolve its conflicts. He says peace agreements must be implemented immediately. The O-A-U official says that the peace accord worked out between the Congo-Kinshasa government and the rebels is fragile, with skirmishes already breaking out. And, he warns the longer the international community waits to give its support, the greater the risk that the accord could slip away. (Signed) NEB/LS/JO 07-Oct-1999 09:22 AM EDT (07-Oct-1999 1322 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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