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Fighting may have stopped but tens of thousands of refugees still at risk

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Trócaire is warning that tens of thousands of refugees still need help in Liberia despite a respite in the fighting which caused them to flee their homes in neighboring Cote D’Ivoire.

“There are now an estimated 135,000 refugees in Liberia who are facing severe hardship,” said Maurice McQuillan, head of Trócaire’s humanitarian team. “We are continuing to respond by supporting the provision of food, water and shelter to these people but the situation is still uncertain and volatile.”

Fierce fighting between new president Alassane Ouattara’s troops and forces still loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo resulted in 1,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of people having to leave their homes. With the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo in Cote D’Ivoire’s capital Abidjan, there are hopes that a fragile peace can be cemented in the West African country.

“Trócaire was already working in Liberia so we were well placed to respond to this emergency,” according to Maurice McQuillan. “We will continue to support these refugees in any way we can and will be monitoring the situation in Cote D’Ivoire over the coming weeks. We hope that a long-term peaceful resolution can be found so that people can return home as quickly as possible before the rainy season starts.”