UNICEF Representative Eric Laroche told IRIN today that about 95 percent of the displaced in north Brazzaville are women and children. Many are in a traumatised state and in poor nutritional condition. Up to 250,000 people moved from the southern districts to the northern part of the city as a result of fighting from Friday to Sunday between government forces and Ninja militia allied to former prime minister Bernard Kolelas. Between 60,000 and 100,000 displaced are estimated to be sheltered in churches, schools and other public buildings and the remainder are staying with friends or relatives, humanitarian sources said. UNICEF is providing essential drugs and therapeutic milk for functioning health centres in north Brazzaville, while ICRC is also trucking potable water to five displaced sites sheltering some 17,000 people.
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