UN, Liberia launch humanitarian appeal for Liberians in need

UN, Liberia launch humanitarian appeal for Liberians in need
# 20 February 2013 02:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Liberian government and the United Nations on Tuesday appealed for nearly 37 million U. S. dollars to meet the pressing humanitarian needs of the West African country's most vulnerable communities during 2013, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here, APA reports.

"Liberia continues to face significant humanitarian challenges, " Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here. "Nearly half of Liberia's population lives in extreme poverty, surviving on less than a (U.S.) dollar per day."

"More than 64,000 Ivorian refugees remain in Liberia since post- election violence in Cote d'Ivoire forced them to flee, and 25,000 former Liberian refugees who returned home last year continue to need essential humanitarian assistance," he said.

The UN humanitarian and resident coordinator for Liberia and deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general, Aeneas C. Chuma, said, "We call on donors to support the humanitarian appeal we are launching today. We need nearly 37 million U.S. dollars to provide vital water, nutrition, food security and healthcare services to families at risk."

"Without much needed donor assistance Liberia's most vulnerable communities will suffer," Chuma said. "If donors act now we will be able to reach those communities who need our help the most."

The UN "Critical Humanitarian Gaps (CHG) 2013 humanitarian response plan" aims to provide vital humanitarian assistance to over half a million people at risk, including nearly 117,000 children, UN officials said.

The UN CHG 2013 plan focuses primarily on the four refugee hosting counties in southeastern Liberia; Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee.

Bomi, Grand Kru and Montserado counties is also a focus for UN assistance under the plan launched in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Tuesday given their poor emergency indicators for food security, water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The CHG 2013 is a humanitarian transition planning tool which aims to consolidate and sustain humanitarian investments made during the emergency phase of the humanitarian crisis brought about by the massive influx of Ivorian refugees in 2010/2011.

It aims to address pressing needs of Ivorian refugees and their Liberian hosts in communities in the four border counties with Cote d'Ivoire, those vulnerable in communities with poor emergency indicators, as well as help repatriate and reintegrate back into Liberian society.

As an appeal instrument, the CHG aims to coordinate efforts of participating agencies to appeal for funds cohesively, not competitively.

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