Thousands facing evictions in I.Coast temporary camps: IOM

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Thousands of displaced people living in makeshift sites in Ivory Coast are facing evictions, the International Organization for Migration warned Friday, as it called for a response to the displacement crisis.

Fourteen sites housing displaced people have been closed in recent months, forcing 800 families into fresh displacement or to seek shelter with host communities.

"Another 15 sites currently hosting 1,250 families are under imminent threat of eviction," added Jemini Pandya, spokeswoman for the IOM.

"IOM is urgently asking the donor community to respond to the displacement crisis in Ivory Coast," she added.

Some 600,000 people were forced into displacement camps at the peak of Ivory Coast's post election crisis.

This number has since fallen to 26,000 people in 35 sites.

Those still living in displacement camps include people whose homes were destroyed during the conflict or those who fear that people who are now occupying their land would refuse to leave, said the IOM, an inter-governmental agency.

It urged international donors to fund efforts to provide homes for the displaced, noting it has received only about a tenth -- $4 million of the $41.6 million needed for its operations in the country.

© 2011 AFP

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