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Oxfam ambassador Kristin Davis, on the BBC News, describes her visit to Dadaab refugee camp, where she saw the devastating impact of the current drought.

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Tens of thousands of Somali refugees fleeing the worsening food crisis and ongoing conflict in the Horn of Africa are being barred from a new aid camp that stands empty and unused while refugee families live in shocking conditions a few kilometers away.

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On the day Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is officially inaugurated in front of heads of state from around the world, more than 300,000 people remain displaced from their homes within the country and in neighboring Liberia, and they are in dire need of assistance.

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One million people are still in urgent need of food, water and sanitation as refugees fear returning home.

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Refugees at Oxfam water stand, Liberia. Photo: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam

Four months of violence, looting and displacement have created a humanitarian crisis which will take months and perhaps years to ease Oxfam said today.

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Ivory Coast residents flee. Photo: REUTERS/Luc Gnago, courtesy Trust.org - Alert

Violent attacks and looting have forced thousands to flee Ivory Coast for Liberia over the past 24 hours, Oxfam said today. As battles continue to surround the presidential residence in Abidjan, serious violence against civilians is still reported in the west of the country.

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Oxfam humanitarian aid enroute to Ivory Coast/Liberia border. Photo: Oxfam

International agency Oxfam today launched an appeal for more than $16 million to help people caught up in political violence in the West African country of Ivory Coast.

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More than 100,000 people have already crossed the border from Ivory Coast to Liberia and are living in dire conditions in border villages.

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Committee members clean the camp (Harper, Liberia). Credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Thousands of refugees fled from Ivory Coast to neighboring countries, including Liberia, following the political after disputed elections in November 2010. Oxfam reached over 135,000 people with gearing up its response to the escalating humanitarian crisis.

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International agency Oxfam today welcomed the visit of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, to Liberia, as it called on the international community to pay greater attention to the worsening refugee crisis in the country.

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