More than 100,000 people have crossed the border from Ivory Coast to eastern Liberia, fleeing the threat of violence following November's disputed election results. The large influx is already putting a severe strain on poor villages, forcing camps and transit centers to be set up, mainly in Nimba county in eastern Liberia and further south along the Ivory Coast-Liberia border.
Oxfam has deployed humanitarian experts and is starting water and sanitation work. We also plan to help families hosting refugees to restock their diminished food supplies, by providing them with seeds and agricultural support.
We visited some of the camps along the border, and spoke to some of the refugees, to get an idea of what they were experiencing. They are naturally grateful for humanitarian aid, but identified five key areas to improve: poor and insufficient food (the biggest complaint), unclean latrines, a lack of medicines, no school, and tents that were cramped and leaked.