ABIDJAN, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Heavy fighting between pro- Laurent Gbagbo and pro-Alassane Ouattara forces who are being assisted by the coalition of UN and French Licorne forces, has forced most of Cote d'Ivoire's nationals to remain locked up in their homes for over a week now.
No one is free to leave his home, even just to look for what to eat or drink. In the streets of Abidjan, Cocody, in commercial districts such as Plateau, Adjame, Treichville and Marcory, the fighters of the two camps have continued to loot from shops.
Due to the heightened insecurity, most shops have remained closed.
Food shortage still remains high, basic foodstuffs are rare and their prices have shot up; there's no longer money to buy what to eat; hunger is being felt by all families.
There's no longer water and electricity in some of Abidjan's districts. Most people have been reduced to beggars, just to find something to eat in a day.
In addition to these difficulties, hospitals are not operating and there's a shortage of drugs in pharmacies due to the embargo on drugs that was imposed on the country by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the European Union since February 2011.
In a few hospitals that are still operational within Abidjan, the patients are dying each day in their hundreds; those injured by bullet shots are not getting appropriate medication.
In the camps of the displaced people in Abidjan and even in western parts of the country, a report released this week by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) indicated that the humanitarian situation had greatly deteroriated; the displaced people are overflowing in the camps; there's nothing to drink, to eat or even any treatment.
These difficulties have been exacerbated by the curfew which has been imposed in Abidjan by Alassane Ouattara's camp. The curfew which begins at midday makes it difficult for people to go out in search of anything to eat; and if they have to go out, they have to walk with their hands in the air to show they are non- combatants.
In the last four months, the people of Cote d'Ivoire have endured a serious political crisis that resulted from a disputed presidential election which was contested by Gbagbo and Ouattara.
The latest death toll estimates released by the UN indicate that almost 1,000 people have lost their lives due to post- election violence that broke out in mid-December.