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Côte d'Ivoire: Distribution of emergency aid

17-12-2004 News Release No. 04/139

The ICRC has just completed a distribution of emergency aid to several hundred displaced persons sheltering east of Bouaké.

After fighting resumed in the north central part of the country in early November, thousands of people, including many women and children, fled to the towns of M'Bahiakro and Priko, south of the “confidence zone.” Some of them were taken in by the local inhabitants, but many others were reduced to living in makeshift shelters.

On 15 and 16 December, the ICRC therefore carried out an emergency operation to provide 1,153 particularly vulnerable and destitute people with basic supplies (buckets, clothing, mats, soap and kitchen utensils).

Under the rules of international humanitarian law applicable to Côte d'Ivoire, the authorities concerned must provide, as soon as possible, all the security guarantees needed for these displaced persons to return to their home areas.

    

 For further information, please contact:  

 Kim Gordon-Bates, ICRC Abidjan, tel.: +225 05 391 602  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel.: +41 22 730 22 71