UNHCR: 22,000 Ivorians flee into Liberia

Over 22,000 refugees from Côte d'Ivoire have fled into Liberia in the wake of post electoral tensions in the West African country, according to the UN Refugee agency, UNHCR.

Ivorian refugees

Ivorian refugees

The refugees, mostly women and children, are from western Côte d’Ivoire and are in urgent need of food, shelter and clean water – all of which are in short supply in the 23 villages hosting them in Nimba County, Liberia. Derrick Mbatha reports:

UNHCR is preparing to open a refugee camp as up to 500 Ivorians continue to arrive from Côte d’Ivoire each day.

At the moment, most refugees are being accommodated in villages, but UNHCR says the influx of extra people is putting a strain on those villages.

In the meantime, the refugee agency has signed an agreement with the Norwegian Refugee Council to simultaneously distribute the food and non-food relief items in all villages where refugees are currently arriving.

UNHCR says the refugees are helping their host communities harvest crops in exchange for a portion of the rice, cassava and other staples collected.

Derrick Mbatha at the United Nations.

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