Residents flee the suburb of Abobo in Abidjan Ivory Coast. Norway has pledged 20 million Norwegian kroner to help thousands of Ivorians flee their country for the Liberian border. Photo by: H. Caux / UNHCR

Norway has pledged 20 million Norwegian kroner ($3.5 million) to aid thousands of Ivorians fleeing their country for the Liberian border. The funding will be channeled through emergency relief efforts by the United Nations, Red Cross and Norwegian Refugee Council.

Citing figures from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said March 4 that the escalation of the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire could swell the current number of Ivorian refugees at the Libyan border from 70,000 to 150,000 “in a relatively short period of time.”

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said in a statement: “In this situation it is vital to protect the civilian population and ensure that international humanitarian principles are respected. We are following developments closely and will, on an ongoing basis, consider allocating additional funds.”

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