18 October 2013: Inter-ethnic tensions and sporadic violent clashes between Liberian migrants and Guineans have existed in Nzérékoré, Guinea, since 1991. The violence significantly escalated in July 2013 following the murder of a young man in Koule, near Nzérékoré. Clashes quickly spread to the prefectures of Nzérékoré. To date, 216 civilians have been killed, while another 266 are missing and 457 have been injured.
More than 30,000 people have fled their homes to escape the conflict and they are now in dire need of humanitarian assistance. In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$1,141,170 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
UNICEF, with an allocation of $303,309, will work in close cooperation with WFP, which has received $837,861 to improve access to safe drinking water and ensure adequate sanitation facilities for the refugees.
The allocations are expected to help 60,621 people.