Political crisis affects UNICEF work in Côte d'Ivoire

The ongoing political tension in Côte d'Ivoire has meant that less aid is getting to women and children in need according to the United Nations children's fund (UNICEF).

Ivorian refugee child

Ivorian refugee child

Incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down and allow Alassane Ouattara to take over as the elected president of the country.

UNICEF says it is adapting its programme to make sure that it responds to the needs of women and children and minimize the impact of the current political crisis on its work.

Gaëlle Bausson is spokesperson for UNICEF in West Africa.

“The first impact is restriction of movements and evacuation of staff and also redeployment of staff. The other impact is the fact that this restriction of movements has had an impact on the prices in local markets and also on the movement of goods like essential medicines and also on the schooling. Some of the schools are not working because of sheer violence in some areas.”

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