Thousands of Togo refugees will run out of food - UN

from Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
Published on 15 Nov 2005
GENEVA, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Some 65,000 Togo refugees will run out of food by the end of the year unless the international community quickly comes up with $1 million in aid, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
An abrupt end to aid would spark unrest in refugee camps in neighbouring Benin and Ghana and stoke tensions between refugees and local people, it said.

"These people have virtually nothing and the world is in danger of ignoring their most basic needs," said WFP regional director for West Africa Mustapha Darboe.

The refugees fled unrest following the death in February of long-time President Gnassingbe Eyadema and his replacement by his son in April elections.

At least 400 people are believed to have died in factional fighting, the U.N. agency said in a statement.

In Benin, some 27,000 refugees were living in two camps and with host communities, while 18,000 were in Ghana. Another 16,000 people took refugee inside Togo.

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