UK Labour Party Calls for More Humanitarian Aid in Ivory Coast

The U.K. Labour Party says humanitarian efforts in Ivory Coast should be scaled up amid the “deteriorating situation” in the African nation riddled with post-election violence.

Shadow international development minister Mark Lazarowicz has urged U.K. ministers to determine how much of Britain’s 16 million pounds ($25 million) pledge for violence victims in Ivory Coast and those who fled to neighboring Liberia had reached the countries and what measures are in place to enusre access to people reportedly trapped in violence, according to BBC.

Armed conflict erupted in Ivory Coast in December following the refusal of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo to hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, whom the international community recognizes as the winner of November’s polls.

Lazarowicz said the United Nations’ aid appeals for Ivory Coast and Liberia were “grossly underfunded.”

The U.N. is set to announce a revised aid appeal for Ivory Coast worth $130 million. The global agency in January initially requested for $32 million for the African nation, of which half has been so far funded.

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U.K. international development minister Stephen O’Brien said aid agencies have so far reached Ivory Coast’s north and west regions, but noted that their efforts were “only reaching a small part of those affected and displaced by the conflict.”

O’Brien said humanitarian needs have “increased significantly” in areas affected by the violence.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.