Humanitarian operations scaled down in Côte d’Ivoire due to insecurity

Humanitarian organizations are scaling down their operations in Côte d'Ivoire as the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate.

Displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire

Displaced persons in Côte d'Ivoire

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has suspended its operations in the western parts of the country, where thousands of Ivorians have been internally displaced.

Heavy fighting has been reported around the western town of Duékoué where UNHCR was planning to set up a camp to accommodate some of the 70,000 internally displaced persons.

Melissa Fleming from UNHCR says the security situation is also worsening in the coomercial capital Abidjan where over 200,000 people have been displaced.

“We are having enormous problems accessing people in need. We do still have our staff in Abidjan we see roadblocks right outside our office, very difficult for us to move around and to reach the people in need. We are having to rely more and more on local NGO’s. There are 70,000 people displaced in the west of the country. We were planning to build a camp for them, we have had to cease all of that construction and we are not operating there any more due to the fighting and insecurity. There were thousands of people in the west in a catholic mission taking refuge from one day to the next, the disappeared fleeing what we don’t know.”

Over one million children are to be immunized against measles in Abidjan next week. However the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF and the World Health Organization says the exercise could be jeopardized by the high level of insecurity in the city.

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