28 July 2012, Sweetcrude/African Press Organization (APO), GENEVA, Switzerland – IOM, with UNHCR, has completed the registration of almost 3,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), at the UNHCR-managed camp of Nahibly in Western Cote d’Ivoire.
The camp was the scene of communal violence last week. Armed groups ransacked the site, killing seven people, looting and setting fire to buildings. At the time of the attack, the camp was sheltering some 5,000 displaced victims of the 2010 post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire.
The registration will facilitate the distribution of non-food relief items including blankets, cooking utensils, sleeping mats, jerry cans, mosquito nets and water purification tablets, which the IDPs will need when they return to their areas of origin.
Nahibly is the last IDP camp remaining in Cote d’Ivoire. At the peak of the violence, there were 35 IDP camps throughout the country, providing shelter to more than 59,000 victims of the violence. IOM managed ten of them, all of which closed in the first quarter of 2012, after the IDPs opted to return home following the restoration of security.
Meanwhile, IOM is today (27/7) providing transport to some 1,550 Liberian refugees, who have been living in Cote D’Ivoire since the Liberian civil war. The war started in 1989 and lasted for 14 years.
Two convoys will be leaving from Guiglo and Tabou transit centres, located in the west and southwest of the country respectively, near the border with Liberia.