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Côte d’Ivoire: Aiding villagers in the west

27-04-2004 News Release 04/57

The ICRC has just completed a vast distribution of basic necessities in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire on behalf of people displaced by war who have returned to their home villages.

Over the last eight months, 175,000 individuals benefited from this aid, the aim of which was to ease their relocation in regions affected by the fighting last year.

Farming tools, clothing for adults and children, blankets, sleeping mats, soap, buckets, cooking utensils, plastic sheeting and mosquito nets were distributed in eight districts and sub-prefectures to benefit 253 villages.

In accordance with its standard working procedures, the ICRC had first carried out an assessment to determine the needs of the people in the various areas and also a painstaking census to ensure that the distributions would be fair.

In addition, a pilot project was begun in partnership with a national non-governmental organization to help women residents of the regions particularly affected by the war to do farm work. Some 3,000 women from approximately 100 villages near Bin-Houyé, Zouhan-Hounien and Danané belonging to farming associations received tools and five kinds of seed, which should enable them to increase their production of vegetables.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Monique Nanchen, ICRC Abidjan, tel.: +225 224 000 70