Ivory Coast: One million refugees feared, UNHCR says

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by B_Marius567, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. B_Marius567

    B_Marius567 New Member

    Joined:
    May 30, 2004
    Messages:
    1,952
    Likes Received:
    5
    Gender:
    Male
    Up to one million people may have fled their homes because of violence following Ivory Coast's disputed elections, the UN refugee agency says.
    The UNHCR says most had run away from recent violence in Abidjan.
    Aid agencies are said to be unable to reach parts of the west where forces loyal to disputed President Laurent Gbagbo have been losing ground.
    France has circulated a draft resolution at the UN calling for sanctions against Mr Gbagbo.
    This follows a calls for UN sanctions and tougher action to oust him by West African leaders.
    Fear of war
    Mr Gbagbo is resisting calls for him to cede power to his rival, Alassane Ouattara - widely recognised as the winner of last year's election in the world's largest cocoa producer.
    "The massive displacement in Abidjan and elsewhere is being fuelled by fears of all-out war," said UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.
    She pointed out that the estimate of up to a million displaced was double the figure from just a week ago.
     
  2. DavidXL

    Verified Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2009
    Messages:
    764
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    230
    Gender:
    Male
    Verified:
    Photo
    If they had more oil, the US might launch a "humanitarian intervention" and the news media would give them more coverage. But, in the end, unfortunately, most people won't care.
     
  3. helgaleena

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    5,663
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    4
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Wisconsin USA
    Let's put this thread over in 'Politics'-- then the troll might notice it at least.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted