A Refugees International team, consisting of Advocate Sayre Nyce and Mission Associate Shannon Meehan, will be in the region to identify the humanitarian assistance and protection needs of displaced people, focusing on Ivoirian refugees, Liberian refugees, and other nationals displaced by the conflict. The team will also travel to Guinea and Liberia to investigate the needs of returnees, as well as Liberians displaced by the fighting between government and rebel forces in Liberia.
For several years, RI has been advocating for increased protection and assistance for Liberian refugees in the region. Liberian refugees in Liberia, Guinea and western Ivory Coast are increasingly facing protection problems, including being recruited by military forces.
The RI team will be in the region for one month and return to Washington in early March.