UNICEF warns Ivorian refugee numbers could rise to 100,000

The number of Ivorian refugees in Liberia could reach 50,000 by mid-February and 100,000 by April according to the United Nations Children's agency (UNICEF).

Ivorian refugees

Ivorian refugees

They continue to flee the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire where Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to step down and allow Alassane Ouattara to take over as the recognized elected President of the country.

Chris Tidey is UNICEF spokesman in Geneva.

“The vast majority of the Ivorian refugees in Liberia, fully 85 per cent, are children and women: 60 per cent children and 25 per cent women, of the number in Liberia right now. In terms of the most urgent needs for children, they include shelter, safe water, sanitation, nutrition and safe places where they can play, learn and have a sense of normalcy.”

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