The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is providing one million euros to support the people in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) during the current crisis. According to United Nations reports, after months of violent clashes between supporters of the two presidents many hundreds of thousands of people have now fled their homes. There are more than 130,000 just in neighbouring Liberia. Initially they have found refuge with relatives and friends.
Speaking today in Berlin, Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary at the BMZ, said: "People’s supplies of food are now exhausted and international support is urgently needed. The BMZ will not leave these people to fend for themselves. We have decided to give the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 500,000 euros for its efforts to provide short-term support for refugees in Côte d’Ivoire and 500,000 euros for its efforts in Liberia."