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Addessing the needs of populations affected by the political stalemate in Côte d'Ivoire and neighboring countries

© UNICEF Liberia/2011/Sautereau
A young refugee girl in Gblarlay, Liberia. The discoloration in her hair indicates that she suffers from malnutrition.

The unfolding political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire since the presidential election on 28 November 2010 is escalating into a humanitarian situation.

As of 11 February, 38,000 persons are displaced in Western Côte d'Ivoire and another 38,000 have fled to seek asylum in Liberia.

UNICEF is working to mitigate the humanitarian consequences of the present gridlock on the population affected by uncertainty, violence, displacements and deteriorated basic services.
In Côte d'Ivoire, UNICEF is addressing the most pressing needs such as quashing epidemics (yellow fever, measles, cholera), working for a return to school for all pupils as quickly as possible and ensuring that women and children are protected from abuses and violence.

With its partners, UNICEF is also working to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the most vulnerable households by supporting the resilience of families and communities in the context of rising food prices, insecurity and other compounding factor for already vulnerable populations.

In Liberia, UNICEF is working to address the needs of the refugee population and their host community in north-eastern Nimba County. UNICEF is providing safe water, nutritional, educational and protection support along with essential medicines and basic supplies.

Below are the links to a series of related reports from Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire.


Côte d'Ivoire
Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on the situation in Cote d'Ivoire

Half a million children under-5 to be vaccinated against measles in Côte d'Ivoire

Cholera outbreak in Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire : yellow fever vaccination campaign underway

National and community leaders in Côte d’Ivoire must put children first

Measles campaign underway in Nimba County, Liberia

Impoverished Liberian villages struggle to cope with refugee influx

Poor conditions limit access to growing Ivoirian refugee population in Liberia


Côte d'Ivoire

UNICEF airlifts emergency aid for those displaced by the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire

Challenges in reaching children and families as fighting flares across the country

Despite the deepening political crisis, many children finally return to school 

Amidst political uncertainty, UNICEF supports yellow-fever immunization in Côte d’Ivoire watch video

Warnings on shortage of essential drugs amidst crisis in Côte d'Ivoire

Going the extra mile: UNICEF supplies for the displaced reach western Côte d’Ivoire

Help for Côte d’Ivoire's displaced families in the midst of a national crisis

Deputy Executive Director calls for step up of emergency response for Ivorian refugees

Liberia and UNICEF support health and education for Ivorian refugee children watch video

Strained resources for refugees from Côte d’Ivoire and their hosts in Liberia watch video

More than 15,000 Ivoirians flee political crisis, seeking refuge in Liberia

Funding Appeal
As of 14 January 2011, UNICEF is seeking $6.2 million to assist populations affceted by the political deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire and $5.7 million for the Ivoirian refugees and the host population in Liberia. More info on the Regional Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan 2011 - Cote d'Ivoire and the Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan 2011 - Liberia.





Funding appeal

To assist affected populations, UNICEF is seeking:
$6.2m for Côte d’Ivoire
$5.7m for Liberia

More info on the funding appeals launched on 14/01:
EHAP CdILiberia 


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