€1 million emergency aid for Côte d’Ivoire refugees

Tens of thousands are fleeing Côte d’Ivoire, where the situation has been extremely tense since the presidential elections at the end of 2010. Refugees are flooding into Liberia. The Netherlands is to make €1 million available for humanitarian aid to the refugees and the Liberian communities that are taking them in.

The Netherlands is providing this funding in response to the United Nations’ appeal to the international community for emergency aid. The Dutch contribution will go to UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund. It will enable UNICEF to respond immediately to the needs of young children and their mothers by providing food, clean drinking water and sanitation, and medical care.

It seems unlikely that the impasse resulting from the results of the presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire will be resolved in the near future. The longer the current situation continues, the greater the risk that civil war will break out once again. At present, there are around a hundred thousand refugees in Liberia. Refugee camps have reached saturation point, and the local communities taking in refugees are struggling to cope with the burden. Violence in Côte d’Ivoire is increasing. According to the UN, the number of refugees is set to increase to quarter of a million.