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Côte d'Ivoire: Red Cross brings aid to 37 villages in west of country

29-03-2010 News Release 10/51

Abidjan (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in cooperation with the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire, is mounting an aid operation from 29 March to 1 April for some 15,000 people in the Moyen-Cavally area near the border with Liberia. It is distributing 50 tonnes of rice seed, 25 tonnes of corn seed and 2,500 hoes in 37 villages in the departments of Toulepleu, Bloléquin and Duékoué.

Those receiving the aid are mainly people who had been displaced but returned to their homes after February 2009 and are now unable to meet their basic needs. Aid is also being distributed to the host families accommodating them, to widows and to people made vulnerable by the crisis.

Following the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, people fled the west for other parts of the country or neighbouring countries. They are now gradually returning, but as they cannot always cover their basic needs they find themselves having to depend on those hosting them.

To ensure the success of the operation, the ICRC first assessed the situation with the support of the communities concerned. According to Philippe Beauverd, the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Abidjan, " this aid will serve to reduce the vulnerability of the communities receiving it. "

The ICRC will provide technical support for the communities'farming activities until the harvest.

  For further information, please contact:
  Mame Ibrahima Tounkara, ICRC Abidjan, tel: +225 224 000 70 or +225 09 399 404
  Florence Mawanda, ICRC Abidjan, tel: +225 07 38 95 21 or +225 33 70 43 54