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DATE=11/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE RELIEF (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-256026 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations relief coordinator in Congo-Brazzaville, Bill Paton, says that although much suffering continues there, conditions are slowly starting to improve. V-O-A Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations. TEXT: Mr. Paton says there are still more than 800- thousand displaced people in Congo-Brazzaville as a result of four months of civil war. Mr. Paton characterized them as the "largest forgotten group of humanitarian victims in the world." Until recently, Mr. Paton says, the extent of the problem in Congo-Brazzaville was not fully understood by the international community. Despite a picture of displacement, starvation and death, Mr. Paton says a sharp reduction in the level of fighting gives reason for hope. /// PATON ACT /// Strangely, the story that I am telling you today is the story of an improving situation. Because the humanitarian needs are so grave and this news is so shocking, it is difficult to see that in any way as a positive story. But the truth is that the reason we are getting more information is that more than a quarter of these people have now been able to get back to their towns of origin and reach food supplies. /// END ACT /// At a briefing for reporters, Mr. Paton was asked if there is a so-called "Africa fatigue" on the part of donor nations. He says there is a broad fatigue concerning humanitarian crises. However, in the case of Congo-Brazzaville, the U-N relief coordinator says security concerns and lack of knowledge about the extent of the problem has slowed the necessary aid. (Signed) NEB/UN/BA/LSF/WTW 10-Nov-1999 17:02 PM EDT (10-Nov-1999 2202 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .

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