European Commission Provides support for Ivorian Refugees and Asylum seekers in Ghana and Togo
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, November 21, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The European Commission (EC) has allocated another EUR 980,000 to assist Ivorian Refugees and Asylum-Seekers affected by the Ivorian crisis in Ghana and Togo. This funding is channeled through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) EUR 800,000 and through OXFAM EUR 180,000.
The multi-sectoral response includes providing shelter, education, health, WASH and skills training activities to the refugees located in Ghana and in Togo. The action which began in October 2011 is expected to end in March 2012.
Reports by the UNHCR have indicated that the continuation of the current situation in Cote d'Ivoire and an escalation of hostilities would prevent refugees and asylum-seekers from returning in 2011. Also, discrimination based on refugee diversity can prevent many refugees (especially those originating from specific neighbourhoods of Abidjan) from returning to their homes.
Many refugees' homes in Cote d'Ivoire have been destroyed while fear and trauma will prevent many refugees from returning even if hostilities cease and a safe, productive socio-economic environment is restored. The fund is to assist the refugees and asylum-seekers affected by the risks indicated.