Up to one million may be displaced in Ivory Coast

25th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The UN refugee agency said on Friday that up to one million people may have been displaced by the fighting in Ivory Coast as more people fled their homes in Abidjan amid fears of all out war.

"There is escalating insecurity in Ivory Coast's Abidjan, we're seeing a sharp rise in displacement," said Melissa Fleming s apsokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"There are estimates that there could be up to one million people just in Abidjan who have been displaced," she told journalists, adding that the estimates were made by the agency's own staff on the ground.

The UNHCR cited estimates of between 700,000 and one million people displaced, largely from the city of Abidjan, including the heavily populated districts of Abobo, Adjamame, Williamsville and Yopougon.

"The massive displacement in Abidjan and elsewhere is being fuelled by fears of all out war," Fleming said.

© 2011 AFP

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