ICRC Regional Delegation in Abidjan - Operational Highlights, January to June 2002

The ICRC regional delegation in Abidjan focuses on supporting the efforts of the region's authorities and armed and security forces to implement international humanitarian law (IHL) and on raising awareness among the armed forces of the need to respect its rules. Other ICRC activities include visits to places of detention in Côte d'Ivoire, monitoring the situation in the country for possible outbreaks of intercommunal violence and maintaining an operational capacity to provide protection and assistance to victims.

The ICRC set up its regional delegation in Abidjan in July 1992, primarily to coordinate activities relating to the conflict in Liberia and Sierra Leone. It was also responsible for ICRC activities in Burkina Faso, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea. At the end of 1994, the Dakar regional delegation took over the responsibility for activities in Burkina Faso and Niger while the Lagos regional delegation took over activities in Benin, Togo and Ghana. Later on, the institution opened operational delegations for Sierra Leone (1998) and Guinea (2001).

 During the first half of 2002, the ICRC:  

  • provided non-food assistance to 2,549 IDPs who were victims of the December 2001 conflict in Bawku

  • provided medical assistance to treat 103 persons wounded during the violence which broke out in Daloa

  • collected 373 Red Cross messages for and distributed 140 others to Liberian refugees in Côte d’Ivoire and Togo

  • completed its visits of 33 penitentiary facilities in the Côte d’Ivoir e and transmitted 2 summary reports to the authorities concerned

  • conducted IHL dissemination sessions in Togo for 335 military IHL instructors, students and officers

  • sponsored 2 military instructors from the Burkina and Côte d’Ivoire armed forces to attend an advanced military training course on IHL in San Remo, Italy

  • donated IHL libraries to the Chief of Staff of the armed forces of Togo and to 2 military schools in Benin

  • held an IHL refresher course for 20 military IHL instructors of the Togolese armed forces

  • gave several IHL and humanitarian rights law seminars in Togo for 82 police officers and gendarmes  

  • conducted information sessions on IHL and the activities of the Red Cross in Agboville and San-Pedro for 75 people, including political and administrative authorities

  • gave training sessions for 4 National Society tracing officers

  • signed Cooperation Agreements with 4 National Societies: Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Ghana and Benin.

Extract from Abidjan Mid-Term Report (MTR) 2002