Over three thousand civilians already crossed into Liberia for refuge following boycotted Ivoirian election- MoIA/LRRRC

In the aftermath of elections held in Cote d’Ivoire on October 31, 2020, almost 3000 Ivoirians, mainly women and children, have crossed the borders to Liberia for safety.

The new arrivals who have entered into Liberia are currently settled in the bordering communities in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland Counties.

Most of the refuge seekers informed LRRRC and UNHCR staff assigned to monitor the borders that they left their homes due to fear of post-election violence.

The Liberia Refugee Repartition and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have mobilized staff to these counties to register and document the new arrivals who have crossed to the Liberian side of the border.

It is expected that more Ivoirians will cross into Liberia in the coming days and where there will be increased need for shelter, food and other relief items.

The Liberian Government along with various partners, developed a Humanitarian Contingency Plan in late 2019 which is still being updated to deal with such situations along the border.

The LRRRC is calling on its staff at the borders to work with the various County Authorities and specifically the County Health Teams to make sure that the new arrivals go through all the COVID-19 health protocols.

The LRRRC is appealing to national government and other humanitarian organizations to provide needed assistance to the new arrivals.

The Liberian Government is meanwhile appealing to Liberians residing in the bordering communities to welcome and receive the new arrivals from Cote d’Ivoire, in typical Liberian hospitality, as was done during the 2010 and 2011 Ivorian crisis.

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