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Red Cross launches Ivory Coast appeal

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for SFr1.35 million ($1.39 million) to help people fleeing Ivory Coast.

On the IFRC website, the Geneva-based federation said the money would go to the Red Cross National Societies of the countries neighbouring Ivory Coast where the refugees are fleeing amid political upheaval.

“Over 15,100 people, mostly women and children, are believed to have fled the country, the vast majority having left for the eastern part of Liberia,” said Aïta Sarr from the IFRC’s regional office in Dakar, Senegal.

“Given the continued political crisis, an influx of people is also possible in other countries bordering [Ivory Coast], such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Ghana,” she added.

The IFRC said the funds raised from the appeal would be used to provide immediate assistance to people who have fled their country, and to scale up relief efforts of the Red Cross in neighbouring nations so that 45,000 people can be assisted for a period of six months.

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