The U.N. Children's Fund said as many as 4,000 people were displaced in the southwestern Ivory Coast. Aid agencies are prevented from accessing those in need because of the conflict.
"UNICEF fears that the overall conditions of displaced women and children could further deteriorate if safe humanitarian access is not quickly restored to allow rapid assessments and delivery of aid," the agency said in a statement. "The situation could possibly be worse in other parts of the southwest region of Ivory Coast but so far the lack of safe access does not allow aid agencies to draw a clear picture of the situation on the ground."
Ivory Coast is struggling to recover from a political stalemate that pushed the country to the brink of civil war. Alassane Ouattara was sworn in as president during the weekend following months of fighting between his forces and those loyal to former President Laurent Gbagbo.
Ouattara warned recently that fighters and mercenaries loyal to Gbagbo had fled to neighboring Liberia, going on a killing spree along the way.
Ouattara told the BBC recently that the conflict in his country may require regional solutions to address.
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