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UNICEF sends relief supplies to Jos

ABUJA, 23 January 2010—In response to Plateau State’s request, UNICEF sent two truckloads of relief items for victims of the upheavals in Jos yesterday and today; it will deliver more supplies in the coming days.

According to UNICEF’s partners, there are 42,430 people hosted in 30 camps in the area, nearly all of whom are children and women. The items UNICEF sent for the camp-dwellers in response to needs expressed by the Plateau State Government included medical kits for the treatment of the injured, tents, mosquito nets, bedding, toiletries, water purification kits and water containers. The government and NGOs at the various camps will distribute the supplies.

UNICEF is in regular contact with the Plateau State Government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the UNICEF Assisted Programs Coordinator, The Nigerian Red Cross Society, USAID and media partners to monitor the situation and plan a cooperative response.

On Wednesday, the United Nations Secretary General released a statement urging “all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and to seek peaceful solutions to religious and other differences in the country.”

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