Aid agencies launch appeal for US$ 160m for Côte d'Ivoire

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Aid agencies on Thursday launched an appeal for US$ 160 million to provide humanitarian aid for the next nine months in Côte d'Ivoire, where the recent political crisis has adversely affected thousands of households across the country, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement, received by PANA Thursday.

The statement said the funds would be used to provide food, education, security, water, medical aid and hygiene to more than two million people across the country.

OCHA said UN agencies and NGOs would used the money to significantly increase emergency aid, especially in the economic capital, Abidjan.

While in the west, humanitarian agencies have been distributing aid, emergency aid is far more needed in Abidjan because of the lack of security.

"The humanitarian crisis needs a rapid and sustained attention from donor community," said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Ndolamb Ngokwey.

In Liberia, which is hosting the largest number of Ivorian refugees with over 130,000 people, an appeal for US$ 146.5 million has also been made to meet humanitarian needs.
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14 أبريل 2011 18:36:16

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