Première Urgence - History
-From June 2000, Lebanon: in the region of Tyre, PU starts backing a micro-credit program in partnership with a local NGO created in 1998, the ADR (Association of Assistance to Rural Development).
-From December 2000, Guinea Conakry: after having to evacuate, with other NGOs, the Guinean forest for a few weeks because of the resumption of fights, PU comes back in order to supply food to the refugees from Sierra Leone, in the region of Guéckédou. A researcher, Douglas Henry, notices that humanitarian supplies to refugees make the local people angry as they feel underprivileged.
-From 2001, North Korea: despite the censorship from Pyongyang’s dictatorship, PU decides to start a program in five hospitals where its expatriates workers can allegedly control the distribution and the decentralized production of small quantities of medicine. However, in order to avoid the assistance from being hijacked by a very planned and locked economy, the organization refuses to get involved in rehabilitating the pharmaceutical plant of Sunchon, closed since 1991.
-From July 2002, Sierra Leone: PU helps the return of refugees and displaced people in three camps in the towns of Koidou, that is Tankoro, Koiakouïma and Small Sefadou. This project aims at rehabilitating accommodations in agreement with the representatives of the refugees, the town council, the traditional leaders of Tankoro and Gbense, the combatants from the RUF (Revolutionary United Front) and the pro-government militiamen of the CDF (Civil Defence Force).
-From August 2002, Israel/Palestine: PU starts to support PARC’s (Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee) agricultural projects.
-2004, Congo-Kinshasa : in Bukiringi, one hundred kilometres South of Bunia, the capital-city of Ituri, four PU employees are attacked by Ngiti militiamen of the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Front.
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