Refugees from Côte d'Ivoire

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

  • 2011-01-13-refugees_1Thirteen-year-old Zokagon Turbot had to flee without his parents, because they were away working in the field at the time. He has not heard from his parents since he left home. Children separated from their parents are at an increased risk of exploitation and recruitment. Photo: ACT/FCA/Mirva Moilanen
  • 2011-01-13-refugees_2Pregnant Letay Catherine was in Liberia as a refugee also in 2003–2004, when a civil war raged in Côte d'Ivoire. Now, Letay earns a living by collecting firewood and selling it on the roadside. She earns 200 Liberian dollars, or about two euros, per day. Photo: ACT/FCA/Mirva Moilanen
  • 2011-01-13-refugees_3The chicken farm on the other side of the border, built through years of hard work, is now just a memory. “Either the chickens are dead or someone has taken them. Either way, my livelihood is gone,” said Koui Victor, who fled to the village of Nyor Diaplay. The people of Côte d'Ivoire have not forgotten their war-ridden recent history. They do not want to relive the horrors of war, and that is why many have chosen to leave all their belongings behind just to get to safety. Photo: ACT/FCA/Mirva Moilanen
  • 2011-01-13-refugees_4Ata, who is ten months pregnant, fled the unrest in Côte d'Ivoire to the village of Kesseplay. Photo: ACT/FCA/Mirva Moilanen
  • 2011-01-13-refugees_5Doris Gonkatee takes part in harvesting in the village of Gbanwea to make a living. Harvested fields are carefully checked once more for any remaining crops. Photo: ACT/FCA/Mirva Moilanen

by Mirva Moilanen, Emergency Communcator, Finn Church Aid

Refugees from Côte d'Ivoire are crowded into border villages in Liberia’s Nimba County. Most of the refugees say that they left their homes when the residents of a neighbouring village ran through their village, towards the border.