CERF has allocated $6 million to help tens of thousands of refugees who have fled to Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire
2 March 2011: More than 70,000 Ivoirians have registered as refugees in Liberia since instability and violence erupted in the wake of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential elections. Some 30,000 people have arrived in the past three weeks alone, with many citing high risk of sexual and gender-based violence and fear of forced conscription as reasons for fleeing.
As part of ongoing efforts to help, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will use some $ 2.3 million in CERF funding to strengthen protection monitoring at the Liberian border, construct shelters in refugee camps, and carry out distribution of non-food items.
Another $2 million has been allocated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for emergency nutrition and WASH response as well as emergency education and protection for children affected by the crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. The World Food Programme (WFP) will receive some $900,000 for regional logistics and telecommunications augmentation in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will use $500,000 for emergency food security assistance to refugees and host families in Nimba County.
The $6 million allocation will be counted against the $55 million Appeal for Liberia, which is currently only 28 percent funded.