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Supplies flow again in Ivory Coast

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Supplies flow again in Ivory Coast


There is a semblance of normality beginning to return to life in Ivory Coast.

In the commercial capital Abidjan people are able to shop again a week after fierce fighting ended with the arrest of former president Laurent Gbagbo.

Deliveries are getting through once more. Supermarkets and street markets have food to sell again.

The United Nations has been flying in essential health supplies after warnings from aid workers that Abidjan’s four-million residents were being pushed towards a medical catastrophe.

UNICEF’s senior emergency co-ordinator in Ivory Coast Ludovic Delys said: ‘This is an emergency operation to supply Abidjan rapidly with medicine, water and supplies related to water sanitation, and also stocks to help revive health centres and schools.’

French troops, who played a prominent role in Gbagbo’s arrest, are still patrolling alongside Ivorian soldiers.

Their job now is to restore security to the country so the workings of daily life can return fully to normal.

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