Côte d’Ivoire humanitarian situation worsening

The political stalemate in Côte d'Ivoire has to date displaced over 70,000 people according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

Ivorian refugees

Ivorian refugees

Half of those displaced have fled into Liberia, while the remaining 35,000 have been internally displaced in western Côte d’Ivoire.

UN High Commissioner for Refugee António Guterres says the unending political stalemate is worsening the humanitarian situation in the country.

He says an urgent and long term solution to the crisis needs to be found, failure to which the country faces the risk of massive population displacement.

UNHCR says the growing number of Ivorian refugees seeking safety in neighbouring countries is likely to impact negatively on the region and in particular Liberia which is recovering from its own civil war.

“Given these circumstances, I commend Liberia for its open border policy and the Liberian people who have so generously opened their homes and shared their scarce resources. Urgent international political action is necessary to resolve the stalemate and restore calm. All citizens of Cote d’Ivoire should feel secure at home and no longer forced to flee in search of safety,” said Mr Guterres.

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