Reference : V-P-LR-E-00498
Date : 08/03/2011
Caption : Nimba county, Buutuo.
Photographer : KERO, Noora
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Since post-election insecurity broke out in the Ivory Coast in December 2010, Ivorian refugees have kept coming into eastern Liberia. In mid April 2011, the UN estimated their numbers reached 150,000. Many of them live with host families. Communities on both sides of the border are often related by marriage. Moreover, many Liberians had found refuge in the neighgouring country during their own cruel civil war, from 1989 to 2003.
Liberia is itself a very poor country. The host families are struggling to cope with the influx of refugees and, often their resources have been depleted during the last months. Many have eaten up their seeds, so there is nothing left to sow. The agricultural season starts now. The ICRC has a project benefiting 3,000 vulnerable host families in Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties, those hosting refugees. In each community, 50 host families have been selected. The project consists of tools (already distributed to 1,000 families in Nimba) like machetes, cutlasses, axes and rubber boots. Soon seeds will be distributed, along with food rations, so that people are not forced to eat their seeds again.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4200x2800
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour