US, Spain Boost Aid for Displaced Ivorians

Children at a camp for the displaced in Ivory Coast. The U.S. and Spain have announced new humanitarian aid for Ivorian refugees and IDPs. Photo by: H. Caux / UNHCR

The United States and Spain have announced new humanitarian aid pledges for internally displaced persons in Ivory Coast and Ivorian refugees in Liberia.

The United States is providing $7.5 million to support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The funds will be used to provide food, health care and other basic supplies to IDPs and refugees who were affected by the recently concluded political crisis in Ivory Coast. Camp maintenance and construction, restoration of family links as well as efforts to increase access to clean water will also be supported.

Meantime, the Office for Humanitarian Action of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation has pledged €350,000 ($495,000) to be used for the construction of latrines and showers and the implementation of hygiene training courses in IDP and refugee camps in Ivory Coast, Liberia and Ghana. The money will be coursed through Oxfam International.

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