The number of Ivorian refugees in Liberia is 135,208 as per the latest statistical report from UNHCR.
Five trucks braved the roads into Zwedru bringing different gifts for the holiday season. These gifts included lifesaving items like 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 that are being prepositioned in preparation of any kind of emergency.
The UNICEF/Mentor Initiative Emergency Malaria Education Project continues in Nimba with more than 300 general Community Health Volunteers (gCHVs) and at least 450 school teachers trained and supported with information packages and supply of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets to promote the use of mosquito nets among families.
A total of 1,824 children less than five years were screened for acute malnutrition during the previous week out of which 18% were identified as malnourished with 76% Liberians and 24% Ivorians.
More than 43,000 Ivorian and Liberian children in camps and host communities are accessing primary education and early childhood development services supported by UNICEF and partners.
In Monrovia, thousands of students employed under the winter vacation jobs scheme of the government staged a violent demonstration on 22 and 23 December, protesting against late payment of salaries. The security situation has been brought under control with the help of the government’s security forces and UNMIL.