UN faces funding shortfall in Côte d’Ivoire

Humanitarian operations in Côte d'Ivoire already hampered by mounting insecurity may grind to a halt in the coming days due to lack of adequate funding, according to United Nations agencies.

displaced children in Côte d'Ivoire

displaced children in Côte d'Ivoire

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says only seven million dollars has so far been received out of an initial appeal of 32 million dollars.

Emilia Casella the UN World Food Programme (WFP) says the agency is among the worst hit having received no funding for its food distribution programme in the country.

If help does not come now, the impact is going to be felt for many months afterwards. WFP is still arranging food distributions, and is still transporting non-food items for the humanitarian community. We have started distributing food to displaced people in Abidjan and we hope to reach around 6,000 people this week, but that’s a drop in the bucket of what’s needed. Many people in Abidjan have displaced to friends and families and it is extremely difficult to reach them. It’s extremely frustrating for people who are in a country willing to do the work to not be able to get there, so we need humanitarian access, but we also need donors to remember that we need their support.”

The UN refugee agency UNHCR estimates that as many as 700,000 people could be displaced in Abidjan due to the deteriorating security and human rights situations.

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