Côte d’Ivoire: ERC Valerie Amos arrives in Duékoué

4 Apr 2011

One-way ticket - a bus station in Abidjan's Adjamé District. Credit: IRIN/Alexis Adélé
ERC Amos travelled today to the western town of Duékoué in Côte d’Ivoire, home to an estimated tens of thousands of internally displaced people and site of some of the mass killings and most serious h

ERC Amos travelled today to the western town of Duékoué in Côte d’Ivoire, home to an estimated tens of thousands of internally displaced people and site of some of the mass killings and most serious human rights violations that have occurred since the start of the four-month old political crisis. Humanitarian organizations have estimated that as many as 800 people may have been killed in the town over the past few days.

While in Liberia – 1-2 April – Ms. Amos had expressed deep concern for the escalating insecurity in Côte d’Ivoire, which has led to a sharp rise in displacement both within the country, where up to one million are displaced, and to neighbouring countries (125,000 only in Liberia).

In Abidjan, heavy fighting has caused hundreds of deaths since the beginning of the crisis, according to the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire, and has led to a sharp deterioration in the situation, increasing the need for protection, shelter, food, water, health care and sanitation services, among others.

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