As the post-election crisis in Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) intensifies, causing up to one million people to flee the capital city of Abidjan, many are seeking refuge in neighboring countries. The UN estimates that 46,000 Ivorians have arrived in Liberia in the last month alone.
Oxfam has rushed aid to Liberia, airlifting 50 tons of relief supplies—such as water tanks, drilling equipment, and sanitation facilities—to assist 70,000 people.
"The border areas are dangerous, and living conditions there are desperately poor," says Chals Wontewe, Oxfam's country directory in Liberia. "There is an urgent need for transportation to help refugees move to camps further inside Liberia, where food and shelter can be safely provided. This needs to happen before the rainy season and further refugee flows make the challenge even harder."
Most refugees are staying with host families near the border, but conditions are dangerously inadequate, with most lacking adequate shelter, clean water, and basic sanitation. Oxfam will provide seeds and agricultural support to host families who by aiding refugees have jeopardized their own food security.
Donate now to Oxfam's Ivory Coast/Liberia Refugee Crisis Fund.