Reference : V-P-CI-E-00241
Date : 26/04/2011
Country/Region : CÔTE D'IVOIRE
Caption : Dabou city, arts centre. One of the makeshift dormitory in the centre where internally displaced persons found refuge.
Photographer : BOSSON, Christian
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, operational update 03/05/2011
For tens of thousands of displaced people in the west and most refugees in neighbouring Liberia, it is still too dangerous to return home. The Ivorian Red Cross and the ICRC are distributing supplies and food, making drinking water available and supporting medical facilities.
The situation in the west of the country, particularly in the area around Zouan Hounien, Toulepleu and Bloléquin, near the border with Liberia, remains critical. Entire villages were devastated by the conflict, and the needs of residents and displaced people are particularly acute. "In this area, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire are still among the only humanitarian organizations able to reach the victims on a regular basis without military escorts," said Dominique Liengme, head of the ICRC delegation in Abidjan. "People returning to their home areas often face a difficult situation and require aid to have their lives back."
"In Abidjan, the gradual improvement in the security situation in most communities over the past fortnight has enabled thousands of displaced people to return home, but large numbers of people are still accommodated in reception centres or with host families," added Ms Liengme. "In particular, persistent tension and violence in the Yopougon community are not only preventing the return of displaced inhabitants but also causing new displacement towards the interior of the country or towards neighbourhoods in Abidjan that are considered safer. The living conditions of the displaced are still very difficult."

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