Sunday, 24 July 2011

MANUTRITION: Ivory Coast: Ivorian infighting forces UN refugee relocation

A UNHCR statement this week quoted refugees expressing fear for their lives due to fighting among armed rival gangs and which is affecting the distribution of relief aid.
An estimated 2,000 refugees are affected by the relocation from transit centres and villages along the Liberian border with Cote d’Ivoire.
The armed gangs are divided between supporters of President Alassane Ouattara and those of the ousted former leader, Laurent Gbagbo.
The fighting has prevented the regular supply of relief aid by UNHCR to hundreds of Ivorian refugees resulting in instances of starvation and malnourishment.
Mr Jerry Bahgou, a medical officer at the Yorpea Clinic in Liberia’s north-eastern Nimba County, says the rate of malnutrition among children is high and that dozens are being referred to hospitals in the area.
About half of the 100,000 Ivorian refugees reside in border towns and villages in Nimba County

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