9/2/11 (AEIN) The U.N. announced on Friday that it had opened a new refugee camp in southeastern Liberia to accommodate refugees from Ivory Coast. The camp has a capacity of 27 thousand inhabitants and will provide services such as water, food, education and healthcare.
This new refugee camp in Grand Gedeh county is larger than the other five camps for refugees from Ivory Coast. Over 173 thousand people left their home country for Liberia. Some refugees have begun returning to their homes, while others remain unwilling to go back.
Refugees started to leave Ivory Coast as the result of violence that began after the elections in November. As former President Gbagbo refused to accept the election results, rebels allied with his opponent fought to overthrow the government with French support.
Ivory Coast is a West African nation somewhat larger than the U.S. state of New Mexico. Its smaller neighbor Liberia has become more stable in recent years. Other neighboring countries host smaller refugee populations from Ivory Coast, according to the U.N.