UNICEF: Political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire to affect millions.

An estimated 2.4 million people are likely to be affected by the political crisis unfolding in Côte d'Ivoire, according to Humanitarian agencies in West Africa.

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

This includes 450,000 people expected to be internally displaced in Côte d’Ivoire and 150,000 people expected to move to the five neighbouring countries of Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

United Nations children’s fund UNICEF says between 20,000 and 25,000 Ivoirians have fled into neighbouring countries with more than 75 per cent being children and women.

UNICEF says it will require 20 million dollars to respond to the needs of children and women affected by the post-elections crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries.

Clean water, shelter and food remain the most pressing needs for internally displaced persons, refugees and host community members, in addition to protection, health and education services.

In Côte d’Ivoire UNICEF says it was stepping up efforts to supply sufficient, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to reduce the risk of diarrhea, cholera and other water borne diseases for an estimated 182,000 persons, of which 50,000 are expected to be based in camps and 132,000 in host communities

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