During a visit to western Côte d’Ivoire from July 6 to 11, the USAID humanitarian assessment team observed that security conditions continue to improve overall, allowing for increased spontaneous returns of displaced populations and greater humanitarian access, although some security concerns persist. Following observation of food and relief commodity distributions and visits to health centers and sites hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs), the USAID team reported that relief agencies are generally meeting immediate humanitarian needs. Improved security recently permitted a relief agency partner of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) to access Bloléquin and Toulépleu towns, and the relief agency plans to begin supporting health centers in both locations during the week of July 18.
In recent weeks, local authorities and relief agencies have observed large-scale spontaneous returns from Liberia and from within Côte d’Ivoire. As of July 14, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimate that between 40,000 and 64,000 displaced people have returned to areas of origin. As of July 13, approximately 30,000 IDPs remain at organized displacement sites throughout Côte d’Ivoire, according to the Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster— a decrease of approximately 37,000 people since the figure reported on June 17.
On July 5, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM) provided an additional $2.9 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for ongoing relief activities in both Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. To date, USAID and State/PRM have provided more than $57 million in humanitarian assistance to benefit populations affected by the complex emergency in Côte d’Ivoire.