News / Africa

First Group of Ivorian Refugees Moved to New Camp in Liberia

This mother and her child found refuge at the Catholic Mission in Duékoué, Ivory Coast after fleeing their home in January
This mother and her child found refuge at the Catholic Mission in Duékoué, Ivory Coast after fleeing their home in January
Lisa Schlein

The UN refugee agency on Friday started relocating a first group of around 100 Ivorian refugees from Liberia’s border area to the newly established camp at Bahn. The UNHCR says it has plans to move a further 15,000 refugees to the camp over the coming weeks.

The UN refugee agency had hoped to move 150 Ivorians to the new refugee camp in Bahn on Friday. But, in the end, only 98 refugees were able to make the journey.

UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards, explains some of the refugees had to travel long distances and were unable to get to the designated departure points in three villages in Nimba County.

He says the refugees who have fled Ivory Coast have been living in some 76 villages along the border areas in Liberia. He says road conditions in this part of the country are extremely poor. This makes it hard to reach the villages to help the refugees and the host communities.

“The UN Mission in Liberia has helped by grading road surfaces, but today’s journey is expected nonetheless to take around six hours,” Edwards said. “The Bahn camp is within easier access of our offices in Saclapea. Refugee there will have ready access to basic services in the camp such as health care, clean water and education. Over the coming weeks we are planning to move in total around 15,000 people into the Bahn camp, although the precise number will depend on how many actually want to be relocated.”  

UNHCR’s partner, the Norwegian Refugee Council, is building shelters in the camp that refugees will be able to occupy immediately upon their arrival.  But, these accommodations are limited.

Edwards says the significantly larger number of refugees expected to arrive will have to stay in the camp transit center, where they will be given materials to build their own shelters.

“Most of the refugees that we have spoken to have told us they want to be relocated to the camp,” he added. “We are also encouraging this for protection and security reasons. However, there are people who prefer to remain amid local communities and we have identified 15 other locations where we will begin moving people next week. Many of these are women who say their husbands stayed behind in Cote d’Ivoire and are expected to join them soon.”  

Edwards notes in both the camp and relocation villages, people with disabilities or vulnerable elderly people who are alone will get help with shelter construction.

The UNHCR reports so far, it has registered more than 38,200 refugees in Liberia’s Nimba County. It says all have fled instability in Ivory Coast following November’s disputed presidential election. It says an average of 100 people continue to cross the border every day.

You May Like

US Storm Falls Short of Severe Predictions, Yet Affects Millions

NYC mayor says, 'This is nothing like we feared it would be,' yet blizzard warnings, travel bans remain for several East Coast states More

Millions of Displaced Nigerians Struggle with Daily Existence

Government acknowledges over a million people were displaced in 2014 due to fight against Boko Haram insurgency More

Facebook: Internal Error to Blame for Outages

Temporary outage appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites 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.
Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visiti
X
Aru Pande
January 26, 2015 9:33 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video Obama Urges Closer Economic Ties During Historic India Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States and India must do better to capitalize on untapped potential in their economic relationship - by removing some of the roadblocks to greater trade and investment. As VOA correspondent Aru Pande reports from New Delhi, Obama spoke after participating in India’s Republic Day celebration.
Video

Video US, EU Threaten New Russia Sanctions Over Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama has blamed Russia for an attack by Ukrainian separatists that left dozens dead in the port of Mariupol and cast further doubt on the viability of last year’s cease-fire with the Kyiv government. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington.
Video

Video White House Grapples With Yemen Counterterrorism Strategy

Reports say the U.S. has carried out a drone strike on suspected militants in Yemen, the first after President Barack Obama offered reassurances the U.S. is continuing its counterterrorism operations in the country. The future of those operations has been in question following the collapse last week of Yemen’s government. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Kerry Warns Against Violence in Nigeria Election

US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria Sunday in a show of the level of concern within the U.S. and the international community over next month’s presidential election. Chris Stein reports.
Video

Video Zoo Animals Show Their Artistic Sides

The pursuit of happiness is so important, America's founding fathers put it in the Declaration of Independence. Any zookeeper will tell you animals need enrichment, just like humans do. So painting, and even music, are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo's program to keep the animals happy. VOA’s June Soh met some animal artists at the zoo in Washington. Faith Lapidus narrates.
Video

Video Worldwide Photo Workshops Empower Youth

Last September, 20 young adults from South Sudan took part in a National Geographic Photo Camp. They are among hundreds of students from around the world who have learned how to use a camera to tell the stories of the people in their communities through the powerful medium of photography. Three camp participants talked about their experiences recently on a visit to Washington. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Saudi, Yemen Developments Are Sudden Complications for Obama

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and the collapse of Yemen’s government have cast further uncertainty on U.S. efforts to fight militants in the Middle East and also contain Iran’s influence in the region. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports on the new complications facing the Obama administration and its Middle East policy.
Video

Video Progress, Some Areas of Disagreement in Cuba Talks

U.S. and Cuban officials are reporting progress from initial talks in Havana on re-establishing diplomatic ties. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (for Western Hemisphere Affairs) Roberta Jacobson said while there was agreement on a broad range of issues, there also are some “profound disagreements” between Washington and Havana. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
Video

Video US, Japan Offer Lessons as Eurozone Launches Huge Stimulus

The Euro currency has fallen sharply after the European Central Bank announced a bigger-than-expected $67 billion-a-month quantitative easing program Thursday - commonly seen as a form of printing new money. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London on whether the move might rescue the eurozone economy -- and what lessons have been learned from similar programs around the world.
Video

Video Nigerian Elections Pose Concern of Potential Conflict in 'Middle Belt'

Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna has long been the site of fighting between Muslims and Christians as well as between people of different ethnic groups. As the February elections approach, community and religious leaders are making plans they hope will keep the streets calm after results are announced. Chris Stein reports from the state capital, Kaduna.
Video

Video As Viewership Drops, Obama Puts His Message on YouTube

Ratings reports show President Obama’s State of the Union address this week drew the lowest number of viewers for this annual speech in 15 years. White House officials anticipated this, and the president has decided to take a non-traditional approach to getting his message out. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video S. Korean Businesses Want to End Trade Restrictions With North

Business leaders in South Korea are calling for President Park Geun-hye to ease trade restrictions with North Korea that were put in place in 2010 after the sinking of a South Korean warship.Pro-business groups argue that expanding trade and investment is not only good for business, it is also good for long-term regional peace and security. VOA’s Brian Padden reports.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid