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Ivory Coast Crisis – 8 Apr 2011

Well over 130,000 Ivorians have fled their country into neighbouring Liberia amid fighting caused by a disputed presidential election last November. One million people have been displaced, creating massive humanitarian need and placing an increased strain on border communities that are ill-equipped to deal with such an influx.

‘The situation in Ivory Coast is extremely worrying as it has potential to destablise the entire region’ says Tearfund Ireland Chief Executive Reuben Coulter, who worked in Liberia for two years ‘We have excellent local partners who have been able to provide vital assistance to the refugees.’

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Agencies involved in medical work are reporting an alarming caseload of people needing treatment for gunshot and machete wounds. Of the refugees registered, 60 per cent are under the age of 18 and 54 per cent are female. Most are living with host communities in overcrowded conditions without adequate access to food, water and sanitation.

Tearfund partner Equip is supporting 40,000 refugees in Liberia’s Nimba County by offering healthcare, which includes screening children for signs of malnutrition and treating diseases such as malaria.

Please help them to respond to this immense human need. Give what you can today.

Only €31 can provide a tarpaulin for shelter for a family and €55 can provide a family of with emergency household items,water containers and blankets.

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