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Reference : V-P-LR-E-00564
Date : 05/04/2012
Caption : Grand Gedeh County, Tchien District, Bawaydee. The ICRC and the Liberia National Red Cross Society distribute household items to 97 refugee families from Côte d'Ivoire hosted in the village.
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.

LBS journalist Jerry Beypu films an ICRC/Liberian Red Cross distribution operation. Because of logistical, budgetary and other constraints, Liberian journalists do not always have the opportunity to travel to remote areas and report on life “in the counties.”

Ever since the host families took them in, refugees had been sharing items such as kitchen equipment with their hosts and were lacking such essentials as mosquito nets and sleeping mats. In April 2012, the ICRC distributed a kitchen set, a tarpaulin, a plastic bucket, two mosquito nets, six sleeping mats, two blankets, six “lappers” (pieces of cloth), and six pieces of laundry soap to each of 2,500 families.

Original material : digital
Resolution : 4256x2832
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour