TITLE=TIMOR / AID (L-ONLY)
INTRO: The United Nations World Food Program, W-
F-P, is appealing for more than 21-million U-S
dollars to help feed over 400-thousand people in
East Timor. Lisa Schlein has this report from
TEXT: The World Food Program says money from the
appeal will allow it to continue its emergency
food distribution program.
W-F-P's Christiane Berthiaume says the money will
enable the agency to start a new food-for-work
project that will feed people and help to
reconstruct and rehabilitate the country.
/// BERTHIAUME ACT ///
People would be paid in food to rebuild
houses, to repair, to pick up all the
garbage and everything that's out in the
/// END ACT ///
Ms. Berthiaume says W-F-P is very concerned about
the lack of agricultural activity in East Timor.
She says normally at this time of year, people
are planting crops for next year's harvest. But,
she says tens of thousands of people are still
displaced. They haven't returned to their
villages. They're not working the land.
///2ND BERTHIAUME ACT///
We fear that the crop next year won't be
good enough to feed everybody. And, almost
all the inhabitants of this island do live
from their agricultural products. So, we
might need after these six months to
prolong this operation.
Ms. Berthiaume says W-F-P and the Food and
Agriculture Organization will send a joint
mission to East Timor at the end of November.
The agencies will evaluate the harvest and
forecast food needs for the coming year.
Meanwhile the U-N Refugee Agency says the
organized repatriation of East Timorese from West
Timor and other parts of Indonesia is going well.
An estimated 20-thousand refugees have returned
home in just over three weeks. The agency says a
new sea route is being opened up, and this will
increase the numbers of people returning.
However, the agency says militias are preventing
refugees in West Timor who want to return home on
their own from crossing the border into East
26-Oct-1999 11:33 AM EDT (26-Oct-1999 1533 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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