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Reference : V-P-LR-E-00563
Date : 05/04/2012
Caption : Grand Gedeh County, Tchien District, Bawaydee. Ivorian refugee Céline with Nancy, her hostess in Liberia. Céline fled when the violence broke out after the elections in 2010.
Photographer : YAZDI, Pedram
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, photo gallery, 25-02-2012

Liberia: communities open their hearts and doors to Ivorian refugees

Tens of thousands fled from Côte d'Ivoire to Liberia when violence broke out following the 2010 elections. But not all of these refugees choose to live in the refugee camps set up for them. Many prefer to live in host communities, even if these communities receive less assistance from humanitarian organizations.

"Communities welcomed and hosted me when I went to Côte d'Ivoire as a refugee in 1990,” explains Nancy. “We’re from the same ethnic group and we speak the same language, even if the national languages on the two sides of the border are different. My three daughters are married to Ivorians and they live over there. We have relatives on both sides of the border."
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4256x2832
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour