COTE D'IVOIRE: Impact of the socio-political stalemate - OCHA

Summary: Côte d'Ivoire's post-electoral crisis is severely affecting health, education, agriculture and economy with far-reaching humanitarian consequences on civilian populations

[Côte d'Ivoire, 7 Marsh 2011] - Since December 2010, Côte d'Ivoire is arguably going through its most severe political crisis that is affecting all political, economic and social aspects of the lives of millions of people, as well as their livelihoods. While this was first and foremost a post electoral (political) crisis, it has degenerated into violence with at least 315 deaths, human rights violations, a financial crisis with the closing of numerous banks and international embargoes, to mention only a few.

Some 800,000 children have not attended schools; a number of schools, including in the capital Abidjan which lately has been a fierce battleground, has been forced to close their doors, awaiting a more conducive climate. Access to food is growing more difficult for millions of people as the price of basic food items has increased by 10 to30 percent in the past three months.



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