Forces loyal to Ivory Coast's Alassane Ouattara have taken Laurent Gbagbo to the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, after he was detained in his residence, a Ouattara spokesman in France told Reuters.
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Plan International is working in communities of Mahdiaplay, Gbeivonwea, and Garplay in Nimba County, Liberia and has expanded its activity in areas of education and child protection following the influx of Ivorian refugees. The UN says around 59% of refugees crossing one border area are children.
Plan's teams on the ground hearing traumatic tales from children and mothers who have made the crossing into Liberia from Ivory Coast.
They had to run from gunfire, they saw dead bodies along the route and they were forced to wade through rivers. Some arrived in Liberia, having not eaten anything for days. Others survived only on wild bananas.
Plan's emergency teams now scaling up their response to help as many children and their families as possible.
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Children caught up in the crisis need safe spaces to just be children – to play and try to recover from their traumatic experiences.
Providing education and routine is vital for the wellbeing and protection of children who have been displaced and affected by violence. It is children and more often girls who are the most vulnerable when violence breaks out.
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Latest podcast from our Press Officer Caroline Gluck at the border of Liberia and the Ivory Coast. She is hearing some pretty tough stories from refugees that are still arriving all across Liberia. Listen:
“It is a sigh of relief for most of us…People are more or less satisfied about the situation not necessarily because they are in support any of the two leaders but because of the expected return to peace and an Ivory Coast that is back to work,” a resident of Abidjan's Deux Plateau neighbourhood who did not want to give her name just told AlertNet on the phone.
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UNICEF has been able to deliver supplies to hospitals in Abidjan for the first time in two weeks, a spokeswoman has said.
UNICEF staff with security provided by the U.N. operation in the Ivory Coast distributed essential medicines (including those to treat malaria), blankets, tents and nutritional supplements to to a health centre and a hospital in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Treitchville, Gaelle Bausson, a spokeswoman of the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) told AlertNet.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is planning airlifts in the coming days to provide food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Ivory Coast and Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We need to open up a humanitarian lifeline to the many Ivorians who are now the victims of alarming shortages of food, water and other basic needs,” said Josette Sheeran, WFP's executive director.
The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) also plans to launch passenger flights for humanitarian workers to northern towns such as Bouaké and Man, where some relief agencies have re-based their operations. As the lead agency for logistics, WFP manages the humanitarian air service (UNHAS) on behalf of the whole aid community.
Here is an eyewitness account from Christian Aid:
Christian Aid’s West Africa regional emergency manager, Cristina Ruiz, has just returned from a humanitarian visit to several Ivory Coast border locations, including Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, to assess the arrival of refuges and returnees from CDI.
“We met a group of three young women with eleven children under the age of six who had crossed the border in south Burkina Faso. They were travelling from Albengougou at the Cote d’Ivoire border with Ghana and heading towards Dosso in Niger,” explains Ruiz.
“The families were travelling in a very crowded bus and had already spent two days to cross Ghana, while their husbands stayed behind to protect their field and properties in Cote d’Ivoire from looting. They said they felt fortunate to be able to pay for their transport and to get their children to relative safety.”
Ruiz says that The High Commissioner of Po in Burkina Faso informed her that some 30,000 people were said to be headed there from Cote d’Ivoire but they never arrived, and that thousands more are stranded without any possibility of leaving Cote d’Ivoire at present.
Ruiz and her team also found that 9,000 CDI returnees and refugees have crossed into Burkina through Ghana since January 2011.
They also spoke to Malian refugees who report of a very difficult situation in CDI including killings and major human rights abuses, and in Niger they were informed that 5 - 6 packed buses of CDI refugees per day at the Djelwongo crossing point.
“Assistance for CDI returnees in Niger is made more difficult with more than 21,000 Libyans fleeing to the country already, which itself is attempting to recover from the recent food crisis,” Ruiz adds.