■ UNICEF Airlifts Emergency Supplies to Liberia MONROVIA, 17 August 2003: A consignment of over half a million dollars worth of emergency relief supplies was airlifted yesterday into Monrovia, Liberia, from UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen, Denmark. The chartered DC-10 plane that landed at Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia carried 25 emergency health kits, covering the health needs of 250,000 persons for 3 months, 9.5 MT of BP-5 biscuits, oral rehydration salts (ORS), 13 MT of Therapeutic Milk, UNIMIX cereals, as well as water tanks and containers and water purification tablets. These materials will kick off UNICEF’s emergency response to the Liberian crisis. Distribution of essential drugs to health centres run by NGOs in Monrovia and Harbel started immediately. This is the first UNICEF airlift since the break-out of the third round of fighting in Monrovia that has left over 250,000 people displaced, more than 1,000 dead, and hundreds wounded. The majority of the war- affected are children. An earlier shipment of relief supplies, which was turned back for security reasons on 21 July, is due to arrive in Monrovia early next week.