More than 38,000 IPDs listed in western Cote d'Ivoire

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – More than 38,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been listed in six comunities in western Cote d'Ivoire, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (OCHA) said on Thursday.

In a statement in Dakar, it listed the communities as  as Duékoué, Guiglo, Man, Danané, Binhouye and Zouhan Houin.

It added that 30% of the IDPs are accommodated with host families which  should from now on face huge additional burden.

The statement said the statistics were the results of a census on displaced populations carried out from 31 January to 7 February by the UN High Commission for Refugees (HCR), the International Migration Organisation (OIM), the UN Population fund (UNPF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), CARITAS and the Ivorian Red Cross, in collaboration with the country’s local authorities.

It followed the inter-community violence in the regions of Moyen Cavally and Montagnes, which forced the people to find refuge in more secured zones.

However, the number of displaced populations could be higher, as several others had fled beyond that area and could not be identified, the statement said.

"It is essential to look, from now on, into the search for durable solutions for the return with dignity of those people back home and this requires diligent efforts with the authorities and communities to strengthen social cohesion, dispel fears and create favourable environment for their return," Mr Ndolamb Ngokwey, humanitarian coordinator in Côte d’Ivoire said.

10 february 2011 22:39:22

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