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12 September 2000

- From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Fears for Guinea refugees

Also see Latest News

Aid agencies in the West African state of Guinea have expressed concern about thousands of refugees fleeing the country. The exodus began after a speech by President Lansana Conte, in which he accused refugees of being involved in attacks on the country's borders. Entire families are reported to have been rounded up by security forces and gangs of youths. A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency the BBC that it and local authorities were working together in Guinea to make sure the refugee situation did not get out of control. They should go home. We know that there are rebels among the refugees- President Lansana Conte

Between 600 and 700 Sierra Leoneans have sought refuge in their embassy in the Guinea capital Conakry. Nearly 80 people have been killed in border attacks since the beginning of the month, but BBC West Africa correspondent Mark Doyle says it is not clear who was responsible. According to the United Nations Guinea is host to an estimated 125,000 Liberians and 330,000 Sierra Leoneans who have fled civil wars in their own countries. It is the largest number of refugees in any one country in Africa.

Mr Conte said in a nationwide broadcast: "I am giving orders that we bring together all foreigners... so that we know what they are doing... and that we search and arrest suspects. "They should go home. We know that there are rebels among the refugees." President Conte also accused the opposition leader Alpha Conde, who is on trial for sedition, of recruiting mercenaries to topple his government. But a Liberian Government statement said the incident would not sour the cordial ties between the two countries. Correspondents say the war in the region has led to the creation of a volatile triangle along the borders of Guinea, Liberian and Sierra Leone.

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 09:42:48 -0700
From: unicef.org : Scholastica Kimaryo
To: "World Peace Cup"

Mr. Willem Tijssen
12 September 2000
Project Leader
World Peace Cup

Dear Mr. Tijssen,


You cannot imagine how delighted I felt when I opened my email messages this morning and there was this wonderful message from a senior UNICEF colleague from our New York Headquarters passing on information about your brilliant idea of organising a World Peace Cup!

You see, some of us in UNICEF have been tossing around a similar idea and the exact same reasons (she has shared a copy of a piece culled from your website because we in UNICEF (in war-torn) Liberia do not really have access to the Internet yet). I had even spoken to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador George Weah a week ago and he was delighted about the idea and willing to mobilise his colleagues towards suct a noble cause. In order to give you the benefit of the internal brainstorming about this within UNICEF, I have taken the liberty to hereby share with you (see below), the kind of email messages we have been sending to each other.

The purpose of writing to you is, in fact, to suggest that we find a way of combining our ideas so that we can collaborate rather than compete. If you are interested in joint collaboration, I am sure we in UNICEF would be delighted to explore the best way forward!

With best wishes.

Scholastica Kimaryo
UNICEF Representative
Monrovia, Liberia

Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:31:04 +0100
From: "Baboucarr Sarr"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: Participation

How can one assist in the successful organisation of this potentially meaningful event? I am an experienced Sports Administrator, having served as Secretary General of The Gambia National Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association for six years and President of The Gambia Volleyball Federation for seven years.

Good Luck and keep me posted on developments.

Best regards

Baboucarr Sarr

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:19:45 +0100
From: "Peace Brigades International"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Dear Willem Tijssen

Thank you for this information. It sounds like an interesting initiative but we are not really sure there is anything PBI can do to support it, apart from advertise it through our networks.


James Savage

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 09:50:49 +0200
From: Neville Gabriel
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Dear Willem

Thanks for your message. Yes, it would be great to link your initiative with Jubilee 2000 globally and to explicitly raise the problem of third world debt as a major focus of the plan. One big problem we have here is a lack of capacity to give adequate attention to work on such events, but in principle we are keen. What we could really do with right now is some support in the Netherlands re fundraising of our national conference scheduled for November 3rd to 5th. Please let me know if you can help in this way?

Bets wishes and blessings.

Neville Gabriel
National Secretary
Jubilee 2000 South Africa

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 18:23:33 +0200
From: Julian Newby
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Dear Willem Tijssen,

As editor-in-chief of the Cannes Mipcom Daily News I received your message about the World Peace Cup.

Is there a television element? Should there be? If so, we can help with coverage in our magazine if someone is going to attend Mipcom (the Cannes TV Festival) in order to promote awareness of the televisual aspects of the event.

Best regards,

Julian Newby

Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 16:33:40 +0100
From: Daniel Williams
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: world peace

i'm Daniel and i comke from S/Leone. Our beautiful country is been destroyed because of gold and diamond. I would like to contact other Africans and S/Leoneans to keep in touch.




Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 10:59:45 +0100
From: Sean.Coster, Culture.gov.uk
To: "World Peace Cup"

Thank you for your e-mail of 4 September. The Minister would like to reply in writing, so I would be grateful if you would let me have your postal address.

Thank you.

Sean Coster
PI Officer
Sport and Recreation Division

Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 15:39:24 EDT 14:20:22 +0200
From: "Eula Secka"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

This sounds like a wonderful idea. I am the secretary of Waterside Stone Foundation, a group dedicated to helping the amputees of Sierra Leone. As a group, we would be willing to do anything within our power to help make this dream a reality. Please feel free to contact us if there is anything that we can do to help. Thanks and good luck!

Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2000 14:20:22 +0200
From: Karin de Gruijl
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Dear Mr. Tijssen;

As discussed by telephone this morning, I will send you some information about the UNHCR Refugee Education Trust by mail.

I would like to congratulate you on this initiative and wish you the best of luck.

Best regards,

Karin de Gruijl
PI Officer
UNHCR Branch Office Madrid

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 22:09:36 -0400
From: "Sam Nouri"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: Re: World Peace Cup®


EMFocus is currently in the process of building a database of events that are relevant to the interests of our users, and we think that the World Peace Cup would certainly be an excellent addition to our list of events. EMFocus would be more than willing to post information regarding the World Peace Cup in its Events section, which can be found at the following address:


If this interests you, which I sincerely hope it does, please reply to this e-mail with the appropriate information about your event as you would like it to be presented, including: address, date, contact information, and a general description of 500 characters or less. I realize that all of the details may not have been ironed out completely yet, and if you would like, perhaps (though I cannot promise) the description of the World Peace Cup which you attached with your email can be presented in our Events section. Yours is a noble cause indeed and I must say that I am happy and proud that someone has undertaken the effort of establishing a true goodwill football tournament for the world. Hope to hear from you soon.


Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 16:28:45 +0100
From: "OneWorld.net media"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®
Organization: OneWorld International


Thanks for sending your outline. Personnally, I think the idea of linking football with issues affecting developing countries is very exciting. I cannot however realistically see that the world football schedules can accomodate another tournament. Or that the football bodies worldwide will go for a tournament which does not raise revenue for them - they run a capitalist business after all.

I like the idea of one annual game with mixed teams of the best players in the world and see potential in developing this with TV, radio and and other rights such as internet donated.

I think you need to think very carefully about the implications of aid relief in war zones and its relation to you initiative. The focus only on children seems the best way forward.

NetAid showed that unless your event is focused on just what issue, who benefits and where impact is lost. The only major events that have succeeded are responses to particular current situations whether it be war zones, famine or disaster and not general areas or ongoing situation sin a number of countries.

Hope thie is helfpul,

Glen Tarman
Publicity Manager
OneWorld International
+44 (0)20 7735 2100

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 10:00:17 -0400
From: Echinje@worldbank.org
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: Re: World Peace Cup®

Dear Mr. Tijssen,

Thank you for your e-mail and the ingenious idea of using football to bring hope to victims of conflict around the world. I fully recognize the potential of this endeavor and would be glad to support it as best I can. I need to figure out exactly how. If you have any ideas you have developed with other individuals and/or institutions, I will be glad to consider them.

I hope to hear from you.


Eric Chinje
Senior Communications Officer,
Africa Region, World Bank

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 15:26:14 +0200
From: "Radio Vaticana Giubileo"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

we would like to have you on air, live, next Saturday, at 6.45-6.55 pm, Italian time. We could discuss about your interesting project.

We will call you quite soon.


English desk
Mary Shovlain
Chris Connelly
Gary O' Sullivan

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 10:58:37 +0100
From: "Tim Carstairs MAG"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®
Organization: Microsoft Corporation

Dear Willem,

The World Peace Cup is a very interesting initiative - we have been involved in organising football teams and matches for amputees blown up by landmines in the past, and used to have a regular league running in Angola for mine injured. Landmines is also an issue in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and sadly in other parts ofWest Africa. Landmines also have particular effects on refugees. All in all therefore, this is something we'd like to support. First of all, I need to know more about the organisation - who are you, where is funding from, how are funds collected and distribuited etc.

I look forward to hearing from you

With thanks

Tim Carstairs
Director of Communications

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 15:36:01 +0400
From: "Tamara Cummings-John"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Dear Marcel and Willem.

Thank you so much for forwarding this email and informing me about this initiative. In as much as I am not a football fan, I do however agree that it is certainly a way of escaping the hardship of life for many people. One thing that has always amazed and touched me is that countries such as Sierra Leone and the DR Congo that are suffering from brutal conflicts/war are still very active in football. This is encouraging because it reminds us that at the end of the day, life must go on and people need to be uplifted even in the simplest of ways, our spirits always need to be raised. I would be interested in offering whatever help I can, however I do not know what I can do but will advise you when I think of a way of helping this initiative. It may perhaps help if you can list some of the tasks that need to be achieved and then one can identify which area they can help in. I would like to know if it is possible to get in touch with Sullay - how did you find out about him and is there someone who we can trust to forward communication or more importantly assistance to him. Please advise.

Kind Regards


Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 20:44:41 -0700
From: "Cre8ive"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Outstanding concept. I suggest a web site be set up for a virtual dimension to the laudable idea. Keep hope alive!

Bolaji Sojobi

Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2000 15:44:25 GMT
From: "Patricia Verhaaren"
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

Hello Willem,

I've read your e-mail on the peacecup and I think it's a wonderful concept!!

Me myself I work with minor (age 14 until 18) refugees in Holland who have come there without family. They came all alone, because they lost their family during the war and/or lived for a long time in the streets. Some of them are former child-soldiers. I try to teach them skills they will need to live on their own as soon as they reach the age of 18. I also help them to integrate in the Dutch society. You can imagine that it is a difficult task for these youngsters. Sometimes even here in Holland they have difficulties in finding a goal in life.

But there is indeed one thing what makes their eyes twinkle and that is football. Many of them have the dream of becoming great footballplayers. Maybe it would be a nice idea to do something with young refugees in different countries regarding the peacecup. It also gives them the oppurtunity to do something for their homecountry. I was thinking of helping out in any way during the big event. So that they can meet for example their heroes of football.

I would appreciate that you would keep me posted on this lovely project.

Kind regards,

Patricia Verhaaren

Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 11:30:35 EDT
From: Liberiawom@aol.com
To: "World Peace Cup"
Subject: World Peace Cup®

I have forwarded this email to the Liberian Ambassador to the United States, William Bull, and have asked him to get the support of other African Ambassadors. I will also ask him to have Liberia's Ambassador to the UN, Neh Dukuly-Tolbert, make a request to Kofi Annan...what do you think? If there is any other way I can help, please let me know.

Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Esq.