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Côte d'Ivoire: ICRC bases team in Bouaké

17-10-2002 News Release 02/42

On 10 October the ICRC based a team in Bouaké so that it could more effectively pursue its operations for victims of the conflict in cooperation with the Ivorian Red Cross.

It has thus been able to assist the Catholic mission in M'bahiakro and various local institutions in Didiévi, in the mid-eastern part of the country, which are giving temporary shelter to those who have fled Bouaké.

Moreover, inter-community violence has driven several thousand Malian, Burkina Faso and non-native Ivorian farmers from their homes in western Côte d'Ivoire. On 11 October the ICRC delivered mats, blankets, soap and sheeting for some 4,000 of these people currently sheltering in the Catholic mission in Duékoué (around 80 km south of Man). Hygiene and medical supplies were also given to the city's health authorities.

In coordination with the ICRC, the Mali Red Cross has recently distributed emergency food supplies to nearly 600 Ivorian refugees in Zégoua and Sikasso, two Malian cities situated near the border with Côte d'Ivoire.