HUMANITARIAN SITUATION OVERVIEW
• UNHCR reports total number of refugees in Liberia at 135, 208 as of 15 December 2011. Nimba County hosts 41,946 refugees, Grand Gedeh 62,017, River Gee 11,530, Maryland 12,819 and Montserrado 377. Refugees are returning to CDI, especially from Maryland County, which accounts for about 76%.
• As part of contingency planning, UNICEF has prepositioned in Zwedru some WASH items, including 456 cartons of soap, water quality assessment kits, water tanks, pumps, water kits for 2,000 families, 6,671 bucket sets and 3,268 water purification kits. The items will add to the WASH contingency stock and cholera preparedness stocked currently at the field location.
• The emergency preparedness WASH materials and equipment for Maryland and River Gee Counties have been prepositioned in Harper.
• The issue of teachers’ incentives is yet to be resolved, especially in Maryland County. The Education sector is still advocating for a solution. Nevertheless, more than 45,000 Ivorian and Liberian children in camps and host communities are accessing primary education and early childhood development services supported by UNICEF and partners. UNHCR (UNICEF 18 – 24 Dec 2011)
• A total number of 1,881 cases of separated and unaccompanied children have been identified to date. Under the reporting period, one separated thirteen-year old boy who resided in Garplay, Nimba County died after he fell sick.
• WFP expects to provide food assistance to 135,208 registered refugees as provided in the table above. In addition, targeted food distribution will be conducted in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties for 100,000 vulnerable people affected by high food prices.