Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Coordinator for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Cote d'Ivoire, Ndolamb Ngokwey, said Thursday that there were still the need for humanitarian aid in the west African nation.
Addressing a news conference in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, Mr. Ngokwey said that the humanitarian aids were needed mostly in areas selected to shelter Internally-displaced persons (IDP) and refugees who returned to their country after the Ivorian crisis.
He said, however, that the humanitarian situation had improved considerably in recent months with displaced persons showing a strong will to come back and rebuild their lives.
He said his organisation's priority needs included the provision of food, shelter, good sanitation, and security, adding that there were 86,000 IDPs and refugees.
He said although the figures were minimal when compared to the crises in Sudan, Syria and Libya, there was still the need to overcome the situation.
He said the mid-term review of the 2012 Consolidated Appeal for funds (CAP) for Côte d'Ivoire had reached over 85.5 billion CFA francs (about US$ 171 million). This will be adequate to resolve all the humanitarian needs.
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