Ivory Coast Crisis
IRC medical workers help Liberian health workers and community volunteers to prevent an outbreak of disease among the Ivorian refugees who have sought refuge in Liberia . Photo: Peter Biro/IRC
Fierce political violence and unrest since late November have created civil chaos in Ivory Coast. More than one million people are estimated to be displaced within the country and over 100,000 others have fled to Liberia for safety.
Alarming numbers of Ivorian women and girls have been raped, sexually assaulted, beaten and harassed by armed men at home or as they were fleeing violence and the International Rescue Committee fears those who are reporting incidents represent a tiny fraction of the victims.
From the Field
- Helping Ivorian refugees in Liberia feel at home
- Ms Blog: Ivory Coast standoff ends, but nightmare for women continues
- Ongoing violence and turmoil in Ivory Coast prolong mass displacement
- Rape and sexual abuse pervasive in Ivory Coast crisis
- Relief groups in Ivory Coast call for more international aid
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