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Côte d'Ivoire: Red Cross brings aid to victims of political demonstrations

23-02-2010 News Release 10/27

Abidjan (ICRC) – For more than 10 days, volunteers of the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire, with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), have been providing relief and assisting people injured in street demonstrations called by the political opposition.

The ICRC has delivered medical supplies to the hospitals of the cities of Divo and Gagnoa to help them cope with emergencies, and the hospital in Daloa will be provided with similar items. The ICRC has also supplied first-aid kits to local chapters and to first-aid teams of the Red Cross Society.

Since the demonstrations began, Ivorian Red Cross first-aid workers in several cities have been on high alert in order to be able to provide aid, with ICRC support, for victims of the internal violence.

The ICRC continues to work in cooperation with the Ivorian Red Cross to boost its capacity to help victims.

Furthermore, in accordance with its strictly humanitarian mandate, the ICRC intends to continue to visit people arrested and detained in connection with the internal violence.

  For further information, please contact:
  Claude-Alain Zappella or Philippe Beauverd, ICRC Abidjan, tel: +225 224 000 70