Insecurity in Yopougon and Abobo neighborhoods in Abidjan and in the area of Zouan Hounien, Toulepleu, and Bloléquin towns in western Côte d’Ivoire continues to hinder humanitarian agencies’ aid delivery efforts, according to the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Côte d’Ivoire. However, Ivorians are returning to normal routines in the relatively more secure parts of Côte d’Ivoire, according to international media.
Between 40,000 and 50,000 refugees returned from Liberia to the area near Danané town in western Côte d’Ivoire as of April 21, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that returnees may need humanitarian aid, as heavy fighting in March had destroyed many villages and fields in the west.
Banks in Côte d’Ivoire re-opened on April 28 following 10 weeks of inactivity, signaling a re-start of the Ivorian economy and allowing public sector employees to access the salary payments—equal to two months’ pay—pledged by President Ouattara. The lack of cash liquidity significantly limited Ivorians’ ability to purchase food and other essential items and services.
As of April 29, donors have committed or contributed approximately $32 million—or 20 percent—of the $160 million requested by the U.N. Regional Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan (EHAP) for Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring countries. The U.N. EHAP for Liberia is currently 41 percent funded, with donors providing more than $59 million out of the nearly $147 million requested. Furthermore, donors have provided nearly $26 million to Côte d’Ivoire and more than $25 million to Liberia to support humanitarian activities outside of the EHAPs.