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Côte d'Ivoire: Aid for displaced persons

07-05-2003 News Release 03/50

The ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire are providing assistance for persons displaced by armed clashes in the western part of the country, near the Liberian border, whose situation remains a cause for concern.

Since March, an average of 200 persons a day have been sheltering in the transit centre set up by the ICRC in Man. Over one thousand have so far received food and other supplies (mats, soap, buckets, blankets, tarpaulins) in the centre.

Another 200 displaced persons have recently received food and other items in Danané, where the only medical facility currently providing care is the Red Cross dispensary.

To improve hygiene conditions for displaced persons in Duékoué and Guiglo, and in preparation for the rainy season, the Red Cross has started to build some 100 shelters equipped with showers and latrines, and to set up garbage cans. The four centres have also been disinfected and fumigated.

In Tabou, the Red Cross has provided non-food relief for another 1,500 people from western and south-western Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia.

In the northern and western parts of the country, the ICRC is distributing medical supplies for over 80 health centres and chemicals and spare parts for 63 water-treatment plants. This should make it possible to meet the health needs of the population once again.

The ICRC is also regularly reminding military and political authorities of their obligation under international humanitarian law to protect civilians, whether residents or displaced persons.

 Further information:  

 Simon Pluess, ICRC Abidjan, tel.: ++ 225 22 40 00 70  

 Juan Martinez, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++ 41 79 217 32 17