UK Sends Aid for Refugees in Liberia, Ivory Coast

People flee Ivory Coast for Liberia. Photo by: G. Gordon / UNHCR

The U.K. Department for International Development says it is providing 16 million pounds ($25.6 million) to U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations assisting refugees in Ivory Coast and Liberia.

The assistance is expected to help provide food, shelter and other basic services for 20,000 Ivorian refugees living in border villages and camps in Liberia and 25,000 others internally displaced in Ivory Coast, the Guardian says.

The International Organization for Migration warned Tuesday (March 29) that people displaced by the violence have little or no access to shelter, food, water and health facilities, Reuters reports.

The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that between 700,000 to 1 million people have been displaced because of the ongoing political crisis in Ivory Coast.

The United Nations is set to announce a revised aid appeal for Ivory Coast worth $130 million. The global agency in January initially requested for $32 million for the African nation, of which half has been so far funded, according to Reuters.

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