UN renews aid appeal for 163000 refugees displaced by crisis in Côte

“The fresh funds would allow us to assist mixed populations – refugees and returnees – fleeing the Ivoirian conflict,” said a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kris Janowski. “The humanitarian situation remains very preoccupying in a region where conflicts and instability are rife.”UNHCR said thousands of Ivoirians, as well as Liberians living in Côte d’Ivoire, have fled to neighbouring countries, including strife-torn Liberia where conditions are also extremely difficult. The agency is assisting 120,000 persons directly affected by the conflict among them 42,000 Ivorian refugees mainly in Liberia and Guinea.New camps need to be established in Liberia, where the security situation at the border is currently hampering our relief efforts, said UNHCR. In Guinea urgent site rehabilitation or extension is also needed to cater for the new influx.The $29 million appeal will constitute UNHCR’s portion of the UN consolidated appeal for the Ivoirian crisis, due to come out shortly. Last December, the agency launched an initial appeal of $6.1 million for three months. read more