10,000 FLEE TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
According to UNHCR, 10,087 people have fled Cote d’Ivoire fearing violence after the disputed presidential elections on 31 October. Numbers continue to rise as tensions persist. More than 90 per cent of the new arrivals have fled to Liberia, where relief items, food and cash-based interventions are being delivered. Many refugees are opting to stay near the border to observe the situation and return as soon as the situation returns to normal. At least 5,500 people are estimated to be internally displaced inside Cote d’Ivoire. UNHCR has set up contingency plans and is engaging with authorities and humanitarian partners. Cote d’Ivoire’s neighboring countries all guarantee access to asylum on their territory despite border restrictions due to COVID19. The presidential elections have triggered violence with at least 12 people reportedly dying from intercommunity clashes in Abidjan and the central and western regions.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
POST-EBOLA OPERATIONAL PLAN
The Ministry of Health and partners are finalizing a 90-day post-Ebola operational plan after the outbreak in Equateur province to bolster the health system and community resilience. With a budget of $16.8 million, the plan aims at strengthening coordination and support, integrating disease surveillance and response, intersectoral collaboration, risk communication and community engagement, along with support to the survivor program. Unless a new case is reported, the end of the Ebola epidemic will be announced on 18 November after 42 days without new cases. In total, the outbreak has counted 130 confirmed cases and 55 deaths.
CERF ALLOCATION TO STARVE OFF FAMINE
The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $100 million in response to countries worldwide that are most at risk from the growing hunger epidemic caused by conflict, economic decline, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. In West and Central Africa, a total of US$ 28 million were allocated to help stave off famine in high-risk countries.
Burkina Faso, where the number of acutely food insecure people has nearly tripled since 2019, will receive $6 million. More than 11,000 people in the country are already in catastrophic conditions.
Northeast Nigeria will receive $15 million. Hunger concerns are high in conflict-affected areas, especially in parts of Borno State where humanitarian access is limited.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, counting the highest number of food insecure people globally, at 21.8 million, will receive $7 million. The funds will be distributed though Cash and Voucher Assistance and target the most vulnerable populations. Without immediate action, famine could be a reality in the coming months in parts of Burkina Faso, North-east Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.