Reference : V-P-CI-E-00256
Date : 28/11/2011
Country/Region : CÔTE D'IVOIRE
Caption : Guiglo department, Tinhou. A house is being rebuilt.
Photographer : COLONI, Francesca
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, operational update 19.01.2012

Thousands of refugees and other displaced people gradually returning to their home areas are still suffering the effects of the conflict. The ICRC is maintaining its aid for particularly vulnerable people in the west of the country.
Needs remain significant in the west
Displaced and refugee families, arriving home after being away for many months or even an entire year, are finding their houses destroyed, their property looted and health-care centres ransacked. Even clean drinking water is still hard to obtain in certain villages in the vicinity of Bloléquin, Guiglo and Toulepleu.

"Even though post-election violence has largely ceased, many people in western Côte d'Ivoire, whether they be residents, recent returnees or still displaced, continue to have significant humanitarian needs," said Dominique Liengme, the head of the ICRC delegation in Abidjan. "All too often in this region especially hard hit by the conflict, people still lack clean drinking water and proper housing, or cannot meet their everyday needs. Health-care services also remain inadequate."

Since January 2011, several mobile clinics have been providing general and prenatal care in villages situated between Bloléquin and Goya, where the return of health-care personnel is taking time. Wherever necessary, they dress wounds or evacuate patients to health-care centres that are still operational. Over the past 12 months, they have seen more than 43,000 patients.

The rebuilding of the hospital in Toulepleu, which was damaged and looted during the conflict, is nearing completion. The hospital in Bloléquin and the clinics in Zéaglo and Sahibli have been up and running again since September 2011.

Clean drinking water was often in painfully short supply during the conflict. Since January 2011, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire have chlorinated some 11,000 wells. In addition, the installation and repair of water tanks has resulted in improved access to drinking water for over 45,000 displaced people.

To meet the immediate food needs of the displaced and recent returnee communities, the ICRC and the Ivorian Red Cross distributed food and emergency supplies to almost 187,000 people in 2011. In October, food aid was provided for another 27,500 returnees in villages near Bloléquin and Péhé.

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