UNICEF Appeals for US$ 51 Million to Meet Urgent Needs of Children in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia
Women and Children make up 60 percent of Ivorians displaced by post-election crisis
GENEVA/ABIDJAN, 18 March 2011 – UNICEF is appealing for US$ 51 million to meet the rapidly growing humanitarian needs of children and families devastated by the post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.
At least 60 per cent of the more than 300,000 Ivorians who have been internally displaced by ongoing violence and 85 per cent of the 90,000 refugees, who have fled to neighboring Liberia, are women and children. In any emergency, children are the most vulnerable.
Over the next three months, this critically needed funding will help UNICEF continue to provide lifesaving emergency supplies and services to the increasing number of children affected by the crisis.
In Liberia’s Nimba County, UNICEF has targeted all children with a measles vaccination campaign and has improved access to clean water and sanitation in communities hosting refugee populations.