Countries learn from Nepal's 'Schools as Zones of Peace' programme
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 16 May 2012 – Participants from five countries and various ministries and international NGOs gathered in Nepal last week to learn about the ‘Schools as Zones of Peace’ (SZOP) programme.
In Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, assisting children alone in the big city
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 21 February 2012 – After a fight with his father, 9-year-old Junior Coulibaly left his house in a huff. It was a Friday afternoon in mid-January 2011. Nine months would pass before he would see his father again.
UNICEF aims to ensure all children in Côte d’Ivoire receive an education
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 3 November 2011 – Despite the official reopening of schools in Côte d’Ivoire for 2.5 million primary school children, the recent crisis in the aftermath of the presidential elections has slowed down the economy, leaving a majority of the nation’s families unsure whether they’ll have the means to cover all the miscellaneous school fees.
UNICEF-supported campaign aims to immunize millions of children against polio in Côte d’Ivoire
GRAND-BASSAM, Côte d’Ivoire, 6 October 2011 – Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Health and AIDS control, Professor Thérèse N’dri Yoman, recently launched a four-day nationwide UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign, with the aim of immunizing seven million children under the age of five against polio.
In Côte d’Ivoire, a young rape victim regains self-confidence with UNICEF support
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 28 September 2011 – The first day of school should be an exciting time, full of expectancy and hope. Sadly, for young Tamira* it only manages to bring back the horrifying memory of a brutal rape she endured last October, just steps away from her grandmother’s house.
Promoting education and investing in the future in Côte d'Ivoire
TCHELIBEGUEVOGO, Côte d'Ivoire, 17 August 2011 – UNICEF in collaboration with Ivorian Regional Direction of National Education recently lent its support to a new community school constructed in the rural village of Tchelibeguevogo in northern Côte d’Ivoire. 11 neighbouring villages joined in a collective effort to build the centrally located school that will provide educational opportunity to an area, which previously had to rely on one school in Korhogo over 100 km away.
Liberian host communities support education for Ivorian refugee children
GRAND GEDEH, Liberia, 20 July 2011 – In a nation still recovering from a ruinous civil war – a place where many people have no access to electricity, safe water or health care – hundreds of communities have opened their doors to refugees from neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.
As turmoil continues, children remain out of school in Côte d’Ivoire
BEOUA, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 June 2011 – “We arrived at school at 7:30 a.m. as we always do on a school day. At exactly 8:30 we could hear shooting coming from the direction of a neighbouring village,” recalls Pafait Guei, a 14-year-old boy in sixth grade, who usually attends Beoua village primary school in western Côte d’Ivoire.
In Côte d’Ivoire, First Lady celebrates the Day of the African Child with 500 children
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 17 June 2011 – The First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara, joined more than 500 children from different districts of Abidjan to celebrate the Day of the African Child by playing games and listening to artistic performances.
Juliana's story: Recovering from the violence in Côte d’Ivoire
DUÉKOUÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 6 June 2011 – In late March, heavy shooting broke out in the village of Niambly in western Côte d’Ivoire. Juliana Glomao, 13, and her family had to flee quickly.
UNICEF helps provide counselling support for school children in post-crisis Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 18 May 2011 – The on-going political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has had a tremendous effect on the country’s adolescents and children. Since the crisis began last November, more than 300,000 Ivorians have fled their homes.
Hundreds of thousands of children return to school in Côte d’Ivoire
MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 11 May 2011 – Ange Michel Kouakou, 13, is enjoying her first day back at school in Koumassi in the city of Abidjan. She’s only recently returned after escaping violence that hit her neighbourhood. For the last two months, she took shelter in her father’s village in eastern Côte d’Ivoire, where the situation was less tense.
UNICEF provides vital assistance to thousands of displaced people in Côte d’Ivoire
DUÉKOUÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 9 May 2011 – More than half a million people were forced to flee their homes during post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire, which began late last year. Houses burned to the ground and villages were destroyed.
Thousands of displaced Ivorians return home to face new challenges
MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 4 May 2011 – Reine Kpea Zehe, her husband and sister-in-law pack two heavy bags filled with cooking pans and clothes on to a small barge on the Liberian side of River Nuon, a 50-metre wide border with Côte d’Ivoire.
In Côte d’Ivoire, schools re-open slowly in wake of post-election violence
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 29 April 2011 – This week schools have slowly started to re-open in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, Abidjan, and across the country. Many challenges remain.
UNICEF kicks off a post-crisis measles immunization campaign in Côte d’Ivoire
DUÉKOUÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 28 April 2011 – After four and a half months of conflict, Côte d’Ivoire is finally getting back on its feet with a renewed immunization drive.
UNICEF helps health centres re-open in aftermath of violence in Côte d’Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 21 April 2011 – Health centres in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital Abidjan are progressively re-opening after weeks of near shutdown.
UNICEF unloads first supplies for families displaced by conflict in Côte d'Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA, 18 April 2011 – After four months of conflict, the dark clouds of political uncertainty are slowly clearing in Côte d’Ivoire. For the first time since the crisis began following presidential elections there last November, UNICEF was able to airlift medical, nutrition, education, water and sanitation supplies to the country this weekend.
UNICEF airlifts emergency aid for those displaced by the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire
DUÉKOUÉ / MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 15 April 2011 – “Duékoué is the wild west, we need to find our way back to normal,” said Ibrahim, 39, head of an extended family of eight who found shelter at one of the sites for displaced people in the city of Man in western Côte d’Ivoire.
Challenges in reaching children and families as fighting flares across Côte d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA/DAKAR, Senegal, 1 April 2011 – UNICEF staff in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire have been trapped in their offices for a second day, as forces loyal to President-elect Alassane Ouattara made an assault on the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan, in a bid to oust outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo and put an end to a political stalemate that has now lasted for four months and one day.
Despite the deepening political crisis, many children finally return to school in Côte d'Ivoire
MAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 31 March 2011 – More than 800,000 Ivorian children are finally resuming their studies after several months in which their schools remained closed due to on-going political conflict.
UNICEF helps displaced children in Côte d’Ivoire continue their education despite the violence
TIÉBISSOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 17 March 2011 – Pamela, 12, and Arouna, 15, feel lucky. With help from UNICEF, they have recently enrolled in Tiébissou I Primary School in the Lacs Region, having been displaced from their own village and school a couple of months ago.
Supporting victims of rape in Côte d'Ivoire
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 14 March 2011 – Rose (not her real name), 12, lives in Bouaké, the second largest city in Côte d’Ivoire. This tall and gracious middle-school student is carrying upon her shoulders the heavy weight of a family secret: she was raped on Christmas Day 2010.
Children struggle to access basic education as schools remain closed in Côte d’Ivoire
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 9 March 2011 – Since last November’s disputed presidential election, many schools in Côte d’Ivoire have remained closed. There are now nearly 800,000 children waiting to get back to learning.
UNICEF steps up efforts to vaccinate displaced women and children in Côte D'Ivoire
TIÉBISSOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 3 March 2011 – Since last November’s disputed presidential election, the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire has deepened into an emergency.
In Côte d’Ivoire, families cope with life in a divided nation
TIEBISSOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 10 February 2011 - Theresa Konan lives in small town, near the West African nation’s ‘zone de confiance’, a militarized boundry that separates the country into two territorial parts; the north and west, controlled by Forces Nouvelles who support President Alassane Ouattarra and the south, manned by Forces de Défense, under the command of President Laurent Gbagbo.
Warnings on shortage of essential drugs amidst crisis in Côte d'Ivoire
KANI, Côte d’Ivoire, 3 February 2011 – Malaria is the leading cause of mortality among children under the age of five in this West African nation, and UNICEF is concerned that stocks of essential drugs to treat the deadly disease are in danger of running out in two to four weeks’ time.
Amidst political uncertainty, UNICEF supports yellow-fever immunization in Côte d’Ivoire
KATIOLA, Côte d’Ivoire, 31 January 2011 – Amidst a continuing political stalemate in Côte d’Ivoire, more than 800,000 people received life-saving injections against yellow fever last week. The mass immunization campaign was conducted in four health districts, with support from UNICEF, because 25 Ivorians have died from the disease since November.
Going the extra mile: UNICEF supplies for the displaced reach western Côte d’Ivoire
MAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 January 2011 – Late last week, after an exhausting three-day drive across the country – a trip that was rerouted for security concerns – a UNICEF cargo truck safely offloaded emergency supplies for nearly 20,000 displaced people in western Côte d’Ivoire.
Help for Côte d’Ivoire's displaced families in the midst of a national crisis
DUÉKOUÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 19 January 2011 – In a region of this West African nation that has a history of heightened ethnic tensions, an estimated 15,000 people, most of them children and women, are seeking safety here in a vastly overcrowded Catholic mission.
Liberia and UNICEF support health and education for Ivorian refugee children
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 17 January 2011 – The river is calm as Basile, 8, stands on its bank and casts his fishing line. He has come to this spot near the eastern border of Liberia every day for the last six weeks, a respite from the turmoil of his flight from neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire. And if he catches any fish, he knows that he and is three siblings will eat today.
Thousands of Ivorians flee political crisis, seeking refuge in Liberia
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 28 December 2010 – Wonyen Basee, 12, describes her family’s ordeal – a three-day walk through the bush and across the border into Liberia – in wake of violence that has followed the presidential run-off in her native Côte d’Ivoire last month.
UNICEF and European Union rehabilitate medical infrastructure in rural Côte d'Ivoire
YAPLEU, Côte d’Ivoire, 6 October 2010 – It’s Tuesday morning at the Yapleu health centre in the Central Northwest region of Côte d’Ivoire. This means it’s check-up time – and Yapleu’s team of midwives and nurses are eagerly examining the local children.
Partners in Côte d’Ivoire work to reach thousands with safe water
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 20 September 2010 – At a checkpoint on the road leading to Niéméné, Côte d’Ivoire, stand three armed men in uniform. It has been eight years since Côte d’Ivoire was split in two, with Bouaké as the command centre of the rebel-held north, and life here is slowly returning to normal.
In Côte d'Ivoire, mothers start a club to invest in the future of girls' education
ABOBO, Côte d’Ivoire, 16 August 2010 – Habibata Ouattara was 17 years old when she was removed from school and forced to marry a man her family had chosen for her. Today, as the Secretary-General of a local School Girl Mothers’ Club – known by the acronym CMEF – Ms. Ouattara strives to ensure that girls in her community stay in school and complete their education.
Improving chances for malnourished children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 1 April 2010 – Since her ninth child was born, Silué Kewa Tchewa‘s breasts have not produced a drop of milk. As a result, her six-week-old, Fatoumata, is underweight.
From a straw hut to a classroom: Progress on education in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 March 2010 – In a rural corner of north-eastern Côte d’Ivoire, three new classrooms have revolutionized education for local children.
Reducing gender-based violence against girls and women in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 15 March 2010 – While Côte d'Ivoire is steadily working towards a sustainable peace after years of conflict, many children and women continue to be victims of rape and other forms of gender-based violence here.
Tetanus vaccination campaign aims for elimination in Côte d'Ivoire
DJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 17 June 2009 – Sabra Seydou arrived at the Abobo Kennedy Clinic in Abidjan with just minutes to spare before giving birth. It was only her second visit to the clinic since the beginning of her pregnancy, as she could not afford all of the standard prenatal tests or consultations.
Improving access to birth registration for children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 2 June 2009 – It’s Tuesday morning and the children of the heavily populated neighbourhood of Abobo are warming up for a day of study.
UNICEF and partners mobilize to eradicate polio in Côte d’Ivoire
ADIAKE, Cote d’Ivoire, 3 March 2009 – UNICEF, the World Health Organization and Rotary International called for renewed mobilization to eradicate polio in Côte d’Ivoire last week, as they launched the first round of a new immunization campaign in Adiaké.
Fighting AIDS with both medical and social assistance in Côte d’Ivoire
BOUAKE, Côte d’Ivoire, 2 January 2009 – Emily, 12, lives a fragile existence. AIDS took the lives of both her parents, and she is living with HIV. An estimated 74,000 children age 14 and under are living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire.
UNICEF and the Government of Japan help fight malaria in Côte d’Ivoire
ABOBO, Côte d’Ivoire, 18 August 2008 – Djelika Mariko, 6, woke up in a hospital bed after having been in coma for two days. Her parents had taken her to the hospital after she fell sick, only to discover that their daughter had contracted malaria. When Djelika opened her eyes, her parents were overjoyed.
Where ignorance can be deadly, breaking the cycle of AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 29 November 2007 – It is a hot Saturday, and a group of young people gathers beneath a tree to avoid the direct heat of the sun. They listen intently as Hervé Yao, 26, and Carole Gnamaka, 17, discuss safe sex practices. The peer educators are there every weekend to explain to neighbourhood youth the dangers of HIV, how the virus is transmitted and ways to protect against it.
Support for the reintegration of young Ivoirians affected by conflict
GNAKANZOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 6 July 2007 –In Gnakanzou, a small village about 2 km from the Liberian border, young Philomène is learning to become a seamstress. With full concentration, she is measuring cloth that she will make into a skirt. Several years ago, however, her life was very different.
Child trafficking in Côte d’Ivoire: Efforts under way to reverse a tragic trend
NEW YORK, USA, 14 June 2007 – UNICEF’s Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, Youssouf Oomar, says trafficking is a grave child-protection concern in that country and throughout West Africa.
UNICEF and ECHO reintegrate child soldiers in Côte d’Ivoire, and Béoué is ready for success
BÉOUÉ VILLAGE, Côte d’Ivoire, 15 May 2007 – Béoué, 18, is slender and looks rather small for his age. When he is carrying the mud for the chicken coop that he and his friends are building, it becomes clear how strong he actually is. He is obviously used to organizing activities and delegating responsibility, so the coop is built quickly.
Non-formal education for Ivorian children in farming communities
KONOVOHOGHO, Côte d’Ivoire, 2 January 2007 – Parents in the village of Konovohogho, Cote d’Ivoire face a tough decision when their children reach school age. Do they send them to class or to work in the fields?
On the first anniversary of the AIDS campaign, living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire
CÔTE D’IVOIRE, 25 October 2006 – There are close to 100 visitors waiting in the UNICEF-supported health centre today. Women and men, many with their babies and children, have come seeking many different services: HIV testing, counselling and medical treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS-related illnesses.
For a healthy pregnancy, teen mother receives medical care and a mosquito net
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 19 October 2006 – “If you start the process, you must finish it. No one else is supposed to look at it or stir it for you. That will bring bad luck and the soap will spoil,” explains Mariame Diabagate, 17, as she mixes honey, lemon, coconut oil, carrots, green mud and some other ingredients together in a big pot.
Child returnees from Côte d’Ivoire go back to school in Burkina Faso
BOBO DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso, 22 August 2006 – Ousmane Nyenyi, 14, has never gone to school. Like many of their neighbors from the Serfalao commune in Bobo Dioulasso, western Burkina Faso, he and his family had to flee from their adopted country, Côte d’Ivoire, when war broke out there four years ago.
For Traore Aziz, 13, football heals scars of war in Côte d' Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA – Three years ago, Traore Aziz had lost just about everything, including both of his parents. Just 10 at the time, Traore found himself alone, caught up in the midst of Côte d' Ivoire’s civil war. He was forced to focus all of his energy on day-to-day survival and could no longer do the one thing he loved most – play football.
Activist from Côte d’Ivoire speaks out on the impact of HIV on young people
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 June 2006 – Rodrigue Koffi Kolou, 20, lost his mother when he was 10 and his father when he was 14, both from AIDS-related illnesses. It was a difficult time for the family.
Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits children affected by conflict in Côte d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA, 22 June 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi has concluded a visit to Côte d’Ivoire, where she experienced firsthand the situation facing Ivorian children afflicted by civil conflict, including former child soldiers.
Students speak after taking their exams in the hardest-hit region of Côte d’Ivoire
NORTHERN ZONE, Côte d’Ivoire, 13 March 2006 – As more than 80,000 students complete final examinations that were delayed for two years by civil strife here, UNICEF has asked some of those directly affected to share their thoughts about this landmark event in their lives.
Students play catch-up with final exams after two years of civil disruptions in Côte d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA, 13 March 2006 – After a two-year wait, students in Côte d’Ivoire have at last been able to take their final examinations and complete their education.
Former child soldiers still at risk as instability continues in Côte d’Ivoire
GNAKANZOU, Côte d’Ivoire, 22 February 2006 – Renewed violence in this West African nation divided by three years of civil and ethnic conflict has raised concerns that hundreds of demobilised former child combatants – those who have been returned to their communities – could once again be at risk of re-recruitment.
Getting Côte d’Ivoire’s children back to school after three years of conflict
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 22 December 2005 – More than two months after the start of the school year, the classrooms at Dar Es Salaam primary school are half empty. In one typical class, pupils sit at broken desks under a collapsing ceiling while the teacher copies the day’s lesson from the only tattered textbook.
Côte d'Ivoire: HIV/AIDS - Testing for a safer tomorrow
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 5 December 2005 – Marina, a 19-year-old college student, bursts into tears when she is told the result of her HIV test, her hands covering her face. But these are tears of joy and relief – she has tested negative.
UNICEF-supported centres protect children affected by conflict
BOUAKÉ, Côte d’Ivoire, 20 November 2005 – Children are bearing the brunt of a three-year-long civil conflict that has divided this west African nation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire’s second largest city, which has been the scene of some of the worst clashes.
Stalled peace process threatens children’s education in northern Côte d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, 6 October 2005 – For the past two years, no school exams have been held in northern Côte d’Ivoire – meaning that children have not been able to advance to the next grade or graduate. Hopes had been high that exams would finally take place this year, but the Ministry of Education has once again decided to postpone them – this time indefinitely – because of the ongoing civil conflict.
New curriculum seeks to teach peace in Côte d’Ivoire
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 11 May 2005 – Not far from scenes of war and conflict, which arise from the civil unrest that currently divides Côte d’Ivoire, children in Abobo primary school in the capital city of Abidjan are learning about peace.
Côte d’Ivoire: Second round of massive polio drive seeks to reach every child
ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 12 April 2005 – On a vast lagoon outside this capital city, once known as the Paris of Africa, two wooden boats packed with people meet for a few moments – just long enough for several babies to be passed from one boat to the other.
Young women in one of the boats, clad in orange life jackets, drop some liquid into each small mouth.
Civil unrest has been an ally in the rise of polio
NEW YORK, 1 March 2005 - UNICEF and its partners have completed the first round of a campaign to eradicate polio in Côte d’Ivoire.
Children given chance to resume education in Côte d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, 9 February 2005 - Thousands of children in Côte d’Ivoire may finally get the chance to take their exams following orders from the country’s prime minister Saydou Diarra. An ongoing civil conflict in the country has severely disrupted education, forcing schools to close and causing many teachers in the north to flee the region.
New Côte d’Ivoire UNICEF representative calls for peace
NEW YORK, 1 February 2005 - The new head of UNICEF's operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Representative Youssouf Oomar, says ending the country’s civil unrest will have the biggest positive impact on the well-being of children. Mr. Oomar, who takes up his post this month, says the effects of the continued insecurity are among his biggest concerns.
Vital second round of anti-polio immunizations begins in Africa’s largest ever health campaign
NEW YORK, 18 November 2004 – A massive cross-border campaign to immunize children against polio is starting this week in Africa. From 20 to 23 November, thousands of volunteers and health workers will go door-to-door in 24 African countries to administer a second round of vaccinations in Africa’s largest ever public health initiative.
Conflict in Cote d’Ivoire: Power and water shortages threaten children
ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire/NEW YORK, 16 November 2004 - Large parts of Cote d’Ivoire are without water and electricity as the civil unrest that erupted two weeks ago continues. UNICEF warns that children are facing life-threatening diseases from being forced to drink unsafe water. The risk of diarrhoea and cholera epidemics is increasing.