My colleague Graan Jaff just sent photos of a WFP-Caritas food distribution in Duekoue, western Cote d'Ivoire, where more than 20,000 people took refuge in a Catholic mission compound.
Graan Jaff, the head of WFP Man office, was one of the first aid workers to reach the town of Duekoue after hundreds died in fighting there. He helped organise the delivery and distribution of 85 metric tons of food.
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People considered to be supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo are being targeted, despite President Alassane Ouattara’s call for Ivorians to abstain from all forms of reprisals and violence, Amnesty International warned late on Tuesday.
The rights group said armed men, some wearing military uniforms, have been conducting house-to-house searches in neighborhoods where supposed Gbagbo supporters are living, including Yopougon and Koumassi.
“Dozens of young people are going into hiding in Abidjan out of fear for their lives. In the western part of the country people suspected of being pro-Gbagbo are also terrified. Many are hiding in the bush after their villages were burned down and they need to be protected,” said Véronique Aubert, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Africa.
One eyewitness told Amnesty International that a policeman belonging to Laurent Gbagbo’s ethnic group was taken from his house Tuesday at around 10 am and shot dead at point blank range in front of him.
Gbagbo, who had refused to step down after 10 years in power, was arrested after French forces in the former colony closed in on the bunker where he had been holed up for the past week, and placed under the control of Ouattara’s forces.
Several aid groups have warned about the deteriorating humanitarian condition of tens of thousands of people sheltering in the compound of the Catholic Mission in Duekoue, 600km west of Abidjan in Ivory Coast .
The aid workers say the site is not convenient to host that number of people. Here is an eyewitness account by Vincent Taillander an aid worker for Action Contre la Faim who has been in Duekoue to reinforce his organisation’s work in the west of Ivory Coast:
“There are 30,000 people in a site which is absolutely ill-adapted to host that number of people. We are facing a tough call because have to provide assistance to people who need help but then it is hard to do that because there is no space.
“They are not willing to leave the site as yet but it is unfortunately not suitable to host that number of people.
“There are also people in the bushes; pople who fled fighting and violence. Now we need to provide help to those who are gathered on this ill-adapted site and to those who are dispersed.
Plan teams on the ground are warning of further risks for refugees from Ivory Coast as they arrive into Liberia.
Liberian communities are being stretched to breaking point by a massive influx of people seeking refuge from western Cote d’Ivoire, amid fears of an escalation of retribution attacks.
Plan teams have visited one village in Grand Gedeh, Liberia which has seen its population swell from 1,800 to 10,400 people. Overall the refugee population is now one-fifth of Grand Gedeh’s. Two-thirds of those crossing are women and children, many fleeing violence and attacks on their homes and communities.
Children who have been separated from their families during the crossing to Liberia are particularly vulnerable, warn Plan experts.
“The situation for children is very worrying. Some have had to walk through dense jungle for up to 4 days to reach Liberia and have witnessed violence and killings. These children and families are traumatized and need support to overcome the atrocities they have seen. The communities in Liberia also need help to cope with this”, said Mohamed Bah, Plan’s Country Director in Liberia.
Ivory Coast's Alassane Ouattara giving a press conference in Abidjan now.
Alassane Ouattara says Laurent Gbagbo is no longer in the Golf Hotel but still in Ivory Coast.
Ouattara says Gbagbo is a former head of state and has to be treated as such. He will be lodged in a secure villa.
"Reconcialiation cannot be done without justice and it is not effective without forgiveness," Ouattara.
Ouattara says he will set up a reconciliation commission that will be completely autonomous. That they would treat all those who may have committed crimes in the same manner
Ivory Coast Ouattara says that he has called South African president Jacob Zuma to seek advise on setting up Truth and Reconciliation commission
Ouattara says he spoke on the phone with President Barack Obama of the U.S.A. and told him that he (Ouattara) is working to build strong institutions in Ivory Coast.
Ouattara condemns massacres and killings in the west of Ivory Coast. He says an investication is underway and he will ask the ICC to investigate these killings.
Ivory Coast's Ouattara says all members of troops loyal to him who are found guilty of looting in Abidjan will be sacked with immediate effect
As a reminder, Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised winner of last November's presidential polls in Ivory Coast according to U.N.-certified results, is currently giving a press conference at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan.
Alassane Ouattara press conference is over
@Jane Howard Glad to see you got the video uploaded!
As aid groups ramp up their response to the humanitarian fall out of the Ivory Coast crisis they say there is a huge shortfall in funding from international donors.
“We plan a big expansion of our operation in Cote D'Ivoire along with our humanitarian partners and the Government, to restore access and cover those in need of life-saving supplies. But this will not be possible without sufficient funding and we are seriously under-funded at the moment. Without fresh funding, this humanitarian operation will not happen to the extent it needs to and children will suffer," Herve Ludovic de Lys, the head of the U.N. Children’s Fund in Ivory Coast said in a statement.
The U.N. has said the humanitarian crisis in Ivory Coast will need $160 million behind it - only $22 million has been committed by the international community so far, the international charity Oxfam said in a statement on Wednesday.
In Liberia the UN has asked for $146.5 million to cope with the refugee crisis but just over a quarter has been pledged, Oxfam said
Still on funding for the Ivory Coast crisis:
The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) says while the crisis is worsening, its emergency operations still face a shortfall of US$ 16.7 million (52 percent) in Liberia and US$ 4.5 million (28 percent) in Ivory Coast. In addition, an essential telecommunications operation aimed at strengthening logistics and communications capacities, faces a US$ 2.5 million shortfall.
“There is now an urgent need for donors to come forward and help us to help the victims on both sides of the border,” said Thomas Yanga, WFP Regional Director.
“We are afraid that even more support will be necessary as the humanitarian needs are massively increasing by the day.”
The International Organisation for Migration this week appealed for US$ 41.6 million to provide urgently needed aid to thousands escaping the violence in Ivory Coast and to avert, what it described in a statement as, a looming humanitarian catastrophe.
IOM is also appealing for funding to provide return assistance to an estimated 200,000 stranded migrants from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal, who are fleeing Ivory Coast.
Oxfam has launched a £10 million ($16 million) appeal for the Ivory Coast crisis.