The United Nations sent blankets, soap and water cans to aid stations along the road into Rwanda on Saturday in a stepped up effort to help refugees straggling back to their ravaged country.
In the teeming camps around Goma, aid workers resumed food distribution in one of the largest refugee settlements, lifting a one-day suspension prompted by deadly clashes between refugees and pilfering Zairian soldiers.U.N. crews took supplies to three aid stops operated by relief groups along the 40-mile road from the border to Ruhengeri, Rwanda. On Sunday, convoys of 10 trucks were scheduled to begin ferrying refugees from Ruhengeri to the Rwandan capital, Kigali. U.N. officials in Kigali said they planned to send food out in the trucks, which would return with refugees.
The improving aid and transportation network in Rwanda is part of plans by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to encourage the return of the nearly 1 million Rwandans who fled to Zaire during the final days of the civil war last month.