Emergency Appeal: Liberia/Ivory Coast refugees humanitarian crisis
The current political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire is affecting a number of the country's neighbors, including Liberia. Between 30,000 and 50,000 Cote d'Ivoire refugees, as well as 25,000 Liberians living in Cote d'Ivoire, have entered or returned to Liberia recently, creating pressures for Liberian authorities and for host communities that have little ability to absorb them.
APPEAL # 642-J
The current political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), which centers on a standoff over whether President Laurent Gbagbo should hand over power to Alassane Ouattara following a November presidential election, is affecting a number of the country's neighbors, including Liberia. Some say Cote d’Ivoire is on the verge of civil war – and this following a decade of internal conflict, war, violence and human rights violations within the country.
CWS is supporting efforts by long-time Liberia-based partner, Concerned Christian Community, which is responding in the border towns of Nimba County, the areas where the bulk of refugees are being registered. CCC is establishing a field office in Ganta, Nimba County, from where emergency relief humanitarian assistance will be forwarded to camps and distributed to those needing assistance.
How to help
Contributions to support the emergency response work of Church World Service may be made online or by phone (800.297.1516), or may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.
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