Top UN refugee official urges end to Ivorian stalemate to ease humanitarian crisis

The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned today of a worsening humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and called for an immediate end to the political stalemate, which has led tens of thousands to flee their homes amid violence and uncertainty.

UN agency stocking up aid to assist Côte d’Ivoire’s displaced

The United Nations refugee agency said today has begun delivering more supplies of relief aid to Côte d’Ivoire for distribution to tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled their homes due to tensions and violence related to last year’s presidential election.

Countries ready to reinforce UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire amid tense impasse

Several countries are ready to provide reinforcements for the 9,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire, where the former president’s refusal to step down despite his electoral defeat has led to violence and the displacement of tens of thousands of people, a top UN official said today.

UN mission identifies thousands of displaced people in western Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today reported that 18,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been identified in the western areas of the country, adding that the number could rise when their registration, currently under way, is completed.

Measles campaign planned for Liberian villages hosting Ivorian refugees – UN

The Government of Liberia, with support from United Nations agencies, will launch a week-long measles vaccination campaign on Wednesday targeting all children in Nimba County, which hosts over 30,000 refugees who fled the political turmoil in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire.