UN appeals for $87 million to assist Ivorian refugees and IDPs

The United Nations is appealing for over 87 million US dollars to support humanitarian operations arising from the on-going political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire.

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs OCHA, says 55 million dollars will be spent to provide shelter for Ivorian refugees in Liberia, while 32 million dollars will support relief operations in Côte d’Ivoire and four neighbouring states.

The UN estimates that up two million Ivorians could be affected if the political standoff worsens and triggers a major humanitarian crisis in the country.

Elizabeth Byrs is from OCHA in Geneva.

“The money will go to 51 United Nations and NGO projects for Côte d’Ivoire. Its for six months and its to address the needs in the worst case scenario of over 2 million people in Côte d’Ivoire as well as up to 100,000 refugees and other vulnerable groups in Côte d’Ivoire and in the four other neigbouring countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea and Mali. There are two aspects of this appeal immediate and emergency humanitarian assistance, and projection in case the situation worsens which I hope not.”

To date some 30,000 Ivorians have crossed the border into Liberia while another 18,000 people have been internally displaced and fled to safer areas in western Côte d’Ivoire.

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