News / Africa

Ivory Coast: New Camp to Shelter Thousands of Displaced

Multimedia

Audio
Joe DeCapua

In western Ivory Coast, ground clearing is underway for a new camp for thousands of people displaced by the country’s political violence and turmoil.

The U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), says humanitarian conditions in the region have deteriorated due to a shortage of shelter.

Spokesperson Helene Caux, who’s in Ivory Coast, says, “Right now, we are clearing a site to be able to relieve the Catholic mission in Duekoue, which is an area where most of the displaced people are.  You have about 23,000 displaced people in this area.  And in total in the west of Cote d’Ivoire, you have almost 39,000 people, who have been displaced since the end of November, actually, following the elections, the presidential elections.”

Once built, the new camp is expected to provide shelter for about 6,000 people.

Caux says the “most vulnerable people” will be brought there first.

Host families

“We are also looking for other sites to be able to accommodate more people,” she says, adding, “Of course, you don’t only have people staying in religious institutions.  But a lot of people are also staying (with) host families.  And it’s also putting a lot of burden on these families, who are usually paying for the food, their condition, the clothes,” she says.

Most of the IDPs (internally displaced persons) in western Ivory Coast are staying with host families who are relatives.

“Some families are hosting up to 25 people in their homes, so it’s quite a burden.  And at the same time, of course, the solidarity is quite important for all these people and host families don’t want to kick them out of their homes,” says Caux.

Abuse

The UNHCR reports “some IDPs in the west have reported physical and sexual violence, as well as arbitrary detention by armed groups acting with impunity.  Fear of retaliation combined with the absence of paralysis of the judicial institutions has prevented many people from reporting such abuses.”

“So,” Caux says, “the victims are left very much by themselves and they do not report their abuses.”

Crossing the border

Many Ivoirians have crossed the border into neighboring Liberia.

“In Liberia, the UNHCR is also about to open a camp.  You have about 36,000 people, who have crossed over from Cote d’Ivoire.  It’s a huge number,” she says.

If the political situation fails to improve, the UNHCR expects more Ivoirians to cross into Liberia.  Currently, many displaced Ivoirians have settled very near the border, ready to cross at a moment’s notice.

The UNHCR says “civilians remain traumatized by the recent troubles, which many see as reminiscent of the civil conflict of 2002.”

You May Like

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. More

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

Dropout rate at an all-time high in South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during 3-year civil war More

Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive

Researchers say birds apparently alerted to danger by sounds at frequencies below range of human hearing More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportionali
X
Aru Pande
December 19, 2014 1:45 AM
The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video US: Response to Sony Hack Will Be Proportional

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the cyberattack on Sony Corp. a serious national security matter and that the U.S. will counter with an "appropriate response." VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid