For the first time in weeks, UNICEF has been able to deliver supplies to Abidjan, the embattled capital city of Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). 

UNICEF intends to airlift over 32 metric tons of humanitarian supplies to the capital, including medicine, nutritional supplements, soap and blankets.  

Shortages of essential medicines and safe drinking water are critical. In the north of the country, stocks are sufficient for between two weeks to a month. There is also a high risk of measles and cholera outbreaks.

"Our most urgent priorities are to re-establish safe water systems and deliver critical health supplies," said Herve Ludovic de Lys, the UNICEF representative in Abidjan.

"We also intend to resume emergency immunisation campaigns to prevent disease outbreaks, especially amongst children." 

Fundraising is still a massive priority for UNICEF, according to Mr de Lys. "Without sufficient funding, this humanitarian operation will not happen to the extent it needs to, and children will suffer." 

UNICEF staff are also supporting children who have witnessed violence and possibly seen family members killed or injured. UNICEF is working to get children back to school as soon as conditions permit, and have prepared school kits for over 600 schools across the country.

 
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