Thousands displaced by ethnic violence in Côte d’Ivoire.

Inter-ethnic violence has displaced over 16,000 people in parts of western Côte d'Ivoire, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

Refugees fleeing Côte d'Ivoire

The displaced have taken refuge in the towns of Duékoué, Man and Danané.

In the meantime the number of Ivorians fleeing westwards into Liberia continues to grow.

UNHCR says some 25,000 refugees have crossed the border into Liberia.

UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva Adrian Edwards says the agency has started working on a new camp for refugees in the eastern Liberian town of Bahn.

The camp will initially be capable of housing some 18,000 refugees.

“The camp is urgently needed to better protect the refugees and to ease pressure on Liberian communities that have been hosting people in some 23 villages along the border with Côte d’Ivoire. UNHCR hopes to complete work over the next two weeks on a reception area at the Bahn site from which refugees will be relocated into the main camp. The site will provide services including health, water, sanitation, and schooling.”

Elsewhere, the UN World Food Programme has began distributing food assistance to Ivorian refugees in Liberia.

WFP says it has also prepositioned food supplies in the region to assist 200,000 people should the need arise.

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