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2014.09.18

Cote D'Ivorie Supplies Arrive
Asset Duration: 01 min 56 secs
Shoot City: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire & Nimba County
Shoot Country: Liberia
Shoot Date: 16 Apr 2011

For four months, Côte d'Ivoire has been embroiled in a political conflict so violent that humanitarian work has been all but impossible.


Soldiers patrol Abidjan, the capital city in the wake of the arrest last week of Former President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to step down when he lost November's election.


The conflict forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. The need for life saving food and medical assistance grew by the day. For days at a time UNICEF staff were trapped indoors because it was too dangerous to go out.


On Saturday, the first supplies arrived, from UNICEF's main supply warehouse in Copenhagen
SOUNDBITE (French) Hervé Ludovic de Lys UNICEF Designated Representative in Côte d'Ivoire
"This operation is an emergency operation in order to quickly supply Abidjan with medicine, water supplies and supplies related to water sanitation, and also supplies to help revive health centres and schools."


From medicines to educational supplies these boxes contain vital aid. Lack of safe water means that disease is also a very serious concern.


SOUNDBITE (French) Hervé Ludovic de Lys UNICEF Designated Representative in Côte d'Ivoire
"Today there are numerous problems with medical stockpiles. The public health pharmacy is restarting the supply of medicine to different health facilities and we are helping them with this distribution. There are numerous boxes containing medication for malaria, diarrhoea, and antibiotics. In fact, there are all kinds of medicines, a large spectrum of medical supplies to heal the population."


The United Nations has asked for 300 million dollars to help Ivorians in their own country, as well as those who have fled to safety in neighbouring Liberia.