70 000 refugees come home

2011-09-04 12:50

Dakar - About 70 000 Ivorians who fled the country's post-electoral violence for Liberia have returned home in recent months, the UN's refugee agency said.

More than 173 000 Ivorians crossed into Liberia in the wake of November polls which saw former president Laurent Gbagbo refuse to cede power to victor and new head of state Alassane Ouattara, the UN estimates.

"Up to 70 000 refugees are estimated to have repatriated to western Cote d'Ivoire on their own in recent months," a statement said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees this week opened a sixth camp for 27 000 refugees who had been living with host communities in eastern Liberia.

Gbagbo and his wife Simone, in detention in northern Ivory Coast, were last month charged with economic crimes following the conflict.