Ivory Coast crisis displaces 82 000

2011-02-11 22:17

Geneva - At least 82 000 people have been displaced within or outside Ivory Coast during the political crisis in the country, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

"Nearly 82 000 people have either been displaced within or outside of Cote d'Ivoire since the crisis began though it is very likely that the true figure is higher," said Jean-Philippe Chauzy, spokesperson for the IOM.

These include 34 500 people who have sought refuge in Liberia, while some 42 000 others have been recorded as displaced within Ivory Coast itself, said Chauzy.

Mali has also received 2 585 people in recent weeks, including Malians returning home from Ivory Coast.

Nearly 1 800 Guinean migrants have left Ivory Coast for their home country in recent weeks, while small numbers of Ivorian refugees have also been registered in Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin and Togo.

"The longer the crisis continues, the greater the potential for a mass population movement," said Eugenio Ambrosi, the IOM director general's special envoy to the region.

"We are not just talking about Ivorians being displaced, but also migrants," he warned.

  • nicewicca - 2011-02-11 23:59

    The problem is that most of these displaced population are running away from the New Forces (old Rebel Forces) from the North now been supported by UN. The media coverage about the crise in Ivory Coast always fail to point this out. The population that do not support the candidate choosen by UN are been kicked out of their ancestral home. And the immigrants that worked in Ivory Coast are leaving as a conseguence of the finantial starvation of the country imposed by the International Comunity to force the civil and militar servants to abandon their jobs or become traitors and allow Mr. Ouatara to rule the Country despite the country Constitutional laws.

  • a.bryanh - 2011-02-12 11:57

    American people I have met/know are nice folk,BUT their administrations thru the years with their brand of forced democracy without ever taking responsibility for any bad results from their actions is despicable,more and more people /countries are seeing this now,but u cant tell them to change their often wrong policies.The American governments are like a bad mother in law.

  • jaycee - 2011-02-13 14:33

    One has to keep an open mind when it comes to politics and the kind of decisions world leaders make. Sometimes the commentary on these decisions can be, to put it mildly, very confusing. The stand-off between Gbagbo and Quattara in the Ivory Coast, and the vigorous Western support for Quattara, voiced by most Western news media, is one such a case. To my own shame I must admit that I had not been aware of the existence of a Colonial Pact between France and its former African colonies. From what I can gather, this Pact is nothing less than a form of French rule by proxy. And this ties up to the desire by Gbagbo that the Ivory Coast throw off this yoke of bondage, something France would resist by all means. Is this, in fact, the reason for the Western countries to support Quattara, who has no problem in maintaining the status quo? I want to keep an open mind, but, whichever way this drama goes, there is something very fishy.

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