Côte d’Ivoire: UN sounds alarm about worsening humanitarian crisis, rights abuses

Côte d’Ivoire: UN sounds alarm about worsening humanitarian crisis, rights abuses


The UN remains seriously concerned by the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian
situation in Cote d’Ivoire. Since December’s election results, when Alassane Ouattara beat incumbent
Laurent Gbagbo to the presidency, the country has experienced widespread unrest. Almost 500 people have died so far, and it’s estimated that 1.5 million people are currently displaced. At least 100,000 people have fled the country, many to neighboring Liberia. In response, the United Nations has allocated
just over ten million dollars to provide “desperately needed” aid to Ivorians. Melissa Fleming is the spokesperson of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. “Families fleeing areas of conflict have told UNHCR monitors that they are terrified of being caught in
the fighting and killed by stray bullets. Others say they can no longer cope financially due to closures of banks and businesses
and resulting unemployment. Costs of food have risen, and there is little
available in the markets. Price rises have also hit public transport and the bus terminals are overcrowded with passengers desperate to get seats on vehicles heading to northern, central and eastern parts of the country where fortunately thus far there has
been no reported fighting.” For more UN videos visit:
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2 Replies to “Côte d’Ivoire: UN sounds alarm about worsening humanitarian crisis, rights abuses”

  1. This was my country in this year's M.U.N. Security Council. We drafted a resolution that undermined the support President Gbagbo's allies gave him. I know it was drafted by high school students, and that it may be too difficult now, but maybe The real Security Council would be interested in looking at it? I don't mean to be disrespectful, but maybe there are ideas in it that are new. Please let me know if you are interested in reading it.

    ~Christopher Clifford, Delegate of Côte d'Ivoire

  2. Ten million for real humanitarian aid here yet the UN is happy to support the Libya campaign costing hundreds of millions for bombs and destruction and then there is the cost of rebuilding again, most likely to corporates, not for the people. I love the idea of the UN but why the double standards for what is the same situation in another African country.

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