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Ivorians seek refuge in Liberia
Refugees fleeing the violence in Ivory Coast are braving bandits, hunger and days in the jungle to reach Liberia.
Monie fled the Ivory Coast when her village came under attack. A man from her village, Claude, found her alone and rescued her.
Published On 19 Apr 2011
19 Apr 2011
The village of Janzon has 10,400 refugees who by far outnumber the local 1,800 Liberians who are providing food and shelter.
A young child who came as a refugee to Janzon village uses a stone to break open nuts.
Janzon village is having trouble feeding all the refugees fleeing violence in the Ivory Coast.
These children, along with their mother, Angeline, now share a small hut with 20 other people.
An estimated 125,266 Ivorian refugees, including children of school-going age, have crossed into Liberia.
The large influx of Ivorian refugees is making it difficult to find food to feed everyone, even for the local Liberians.
Refugees fleeing the Ivory Coast were forced to make their way through jungle, since official crossing points were barred.
Ivorian refugees queue at the now-closed school in order to be registered, and for a place to sleep.
After Ivorian and Liberian teachers are identified, it is hoped that the schools can be reopened, and classes resumed.
Two-thirds of the refugees who crossed into Grand Gedah, Liberia, were women and children.
Over a million Ivorians are estimated to be internally displaced, and around 140,000 are estimated to have fled to Liberia.