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Reference : V-P-LR-E-00567
Date : 05/04/2012
Country/Region : LIBERIA
Caption : Grand Gedeh County, Tchien District, Bawaydee. The village is hosting a number of Ivorian refugees.
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.

"The environment is friendlier, children mix in the village and refugees help the community to develop farming," explains Céline, a mother of four. "We speak French in Côte d’Ivoire and they speak English in Liberia, but communities on the two sides of the border share the same regional language, the same culture and the same roots."

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