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Response to Ivorian Refugee Crisis in Liberia - Weekly Sitrep No 13 : 23-30 April 2011

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HIGHLIGHTS AND SITUATIONAL OVERVIEW

Since November 2010, more than 165,00 Ivorians are estimated to have crossed over to Liberia. A total of 45,621 Ivorian refugees have been individually registered, while 120,192 have been registered under the emer-gency registration process that begun on 24 February 2011.

3,389 Ivorian refugees are located in the Bahn Camp, while 11,453 refugees stay in transite sites (nationwide) and 1,515 in way stations (nationwide).

The movement of new refugee arrivals through various crossing points has generally reduced but UNHCR and part-ners continue to register at least 250 new refugee arrivals in Grand Gedeh County in places such as Janzon and Tempo.

The planned relocation of 124 refugees comprising 23 families to Little Wlebo camp in Maryland County on 29 April, was prevented by the refugee leadership at Bishop Ferguson transit centre citing far distance of the camp from Harper as a main reason. The self-appointed refugee lead-ers also mentioned the lack of cell phone coverage at the camp. Consequently, two meetings were held, first with the leadership and another with the entire refugee popula-tion in order to sensitize them to relocate to the camp. The meeting with the refugee leaders was chaired by an official in the office of the Superintendent of Maryland County; however, both meetings were unfruitful as the refugees remained adamant on the issues of the relocation. The sensitization is continuing at the Bishop Fergu-son centre in collaboration with other actors.