Côte d’Ivoire: Humanitarian partners strengthen recovery activities

30 May, 2011
Residents of the Abobo suburb carry their belongings as they flee the intense fighting, Credit: UNHCR/H.Caux
Residents of the Abobo suburb carry their belongings as they flee the intense fighting, Credit: UNHCR/H.Caux

Overall the security situation in Abidjan is stable but security incidents continue to occur. Access to the more troubled districts in Abidjan, such as Yopogoun and Abobo, has improved allowing humanitarian partners to identify the most urgent needs of people in these areas.

Key priorities include nutrition, water and shelter. Linking humanitarian assistance with recovery activities, such as reinforcing social services, social integration and income generating activities is also vital.

Humanitarian partners are also working to provide psycho-social support to the victims of sexual violence and rape, including care for children. A group of 11 NGOs and UN agencies have conducted an assessment of gender-based violence in Abidjan. The assessment shows the level of sexual gender-based violence and the need to strengthen the provision of psycho-social support.

As of 23 May, 56,804 internally displaced people (IDPs) have been registered across 43 sites and with host families in Abijan, and new sites are reported to be springing up. The Protection Cluster is advocating with state authorities to help facilitate the safe return of people to their homes.

In parts of the West, continued insecurity is preventing humanitarian workers from providing life-saving assistance to affected people. Over the past two weeks, the volatile security situation has twice disrupted the planned vaccination campaign against Polio organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ivorian Ministry of Health. UNICEF is concerned that the already precarious situation of displaced women and children could further deteriorate if humanitarian assistance is not immediately provided.

Another health concern is the spread of malaria. MSF-Switzerland has registered a high number of cases among people visiting MSF health clinics. They stress the need for wider distribution of mosquito nets during the current rainy season.

While Ivorian refugees continue to arrive in Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland of Liberia, there are reports from Nimba County of refugee families returning into Côte d’Ivoire.

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