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3 200 flee ethnic strife in Ghana

2010-05-26 20:13


Dakar - A UN official says several thousand Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife have crossed into Togo in recent days.

Francis Kpatinde, regional spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, says the Togolese government is supplying refugees with tents, food and medicine and has started to vaccinate children. The UN Refugee agency is also on the ground in northern Togo's Tangjouare prefecture, awaiting truckloads of tents, mosquito nets and food.

Kpatinde said on Wednesday that in roughly the last 10 days, more than 3 200 refugees from Kombatiek and Nadongou villages had crossed the border. He said the local population was struggling to cope with the influx.

While Ghana is relatively stable, occasionally refugees cross into Togo from the north to flee ethnic fighting and land disputes.