Côte d’Ivoire becoming forgotten humanitarian crisis

International aid agencies are calling for more support in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Côte d'Ivoire.

Displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire

Displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire

UN agencies say the unfolding tragedy in Côte d’Ivoire was being overlooked as the world focuses its attention on events in North Africa.

The UN Refugee agency, UNHCR says the number of those displaced is nearing the half a million mark.

Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, says an acute shortage of drugs was complicating efforts to contain outbreak of diseases such as cholera, measles and yellow fever.

Marixie Mercado is from UNICEF.

“There is severe drug shortages across the country and up to half of health workers are not at their posts despite a cholera outbreak in Abidjan, a measles outbreak in the south west and yellow fever in the north. Farmers who make up two-thirds of the economy but can no longer sell their crops are hurting. Food prices have been rising since the beginning of the crisis and it is the young children and poor families who live with the harshest impact. There have been 69 documented cases of rape and sexual violence including against 32 children.”

The World Food Programme says reaching refugees and displaced populations in Côte d’Ivoire with food assistance was increasingly getting difficult due to insecurity and violence.

WFP says over 300,000 displaced Ivorians will receive food assistance.

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