Ivorian Refugee Influx Increases in Liberian Border Towns

Ivorian Refugees being greeted by Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf

The Daily Observer has learned that more Ivorian citizens are crossing over to Liberia in border towns as a result of the uncertain political situation in that country.

Ivory Coast recently went to the polls but the outcome has been disputed leading to violence.

Speaking to the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday,  Emmanuel Wheinyue Technical Focal Person to the Minister of Internal Affairs, disclosed that the Government of Liberia and several agencies of the United Nations are working to host thousands of refugees from the Ivory Coast at various border towns in the north-east and south-east.

According to him, they have learned from the refugees that though there is no war being experienced in their country, they are not sure of the current political situation, thus leaving them to seek refuge in Liberia to avoid any eventuality.

“According to statistics that we have received from the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and the UN agencies, there is an influx of refugees into Liberia on a daily basis. The refugees claim that even though there is not a physical war, the experience from their last war cannot allow them to wait till things get worse and therefore they are running away,” Wheinyue told the Daily Observer.

He said that many of the refugees are found in border towns of counties including Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Mary land, Sinoe, and River Gee.

“The Minister of Internal Affairs has considered that since Liberia experienced similar a situation, there is a need to host the refugees. There are lots of women and children who are fleeing their country to seek refuge here in Liberia. What the Minister has told them is to observe the laws governing the country as well as international protocols,” said Wheinyu

“They need to remain peaceful while they are in the country. You can’t be running away from your country and then want to go back when things are not going on well,” he added.

According to Wheinyue the Internal Affairs Minister along with partners have visited several areas to assess the situation confronting the refugees.

“The refugees are coming during the farming season. The Minister was thankful to the Liberian communities for hosting the people. Right now the WFP has begun reaching out with food for them,” he said.

He said considering that more refugees are coming into the country; food, medicine, water, and shelters are those immediate needs that are to be addressed by the government and partners.

Meanwhile, Wheinyue said there are plans to reach other counties to assess the situation facing the refugees but logistic is a serious challenge.


  1. A prayer for each Ivorian fleeing the current stalemate and probably ethnic cleansing in the making in the Ivory Coast:

    Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations.
    Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war.
    Hear my voice when I beg You to install into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice, and the joy of fellowship.
    Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.
    Hear my voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.

    O God, hear my voice and grant unto Cote d’Ivoire and the world Your everlasting peace.



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  2. Oh God, this is a period of solemnity. Ivorian refugees are crossing over to Liberia for safety. May the refugees be received warmly by the people of Liberia. Also, grant the refugees the desire of their poor hearts.

    Oh God, there was a time when Liberia became unstable in every sense of the word. During its time of instability, Liberians fled in droves to the Ivory coast and other neighboring countries for safety. Up to date, there are Liberians who live in the Ivory coast. Liberians who live in the Ivory coast are somehow vulnerable because the political climate is uncertain. Please provide for Mon petite frere Monseiur Paterus (Peta) Dolo and his family and all the Liberians who live in that country

    Lord, we need your immediate intervention.

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  3. While the wilderness is still ablaze, grasshoppers should not mock at one another.
    ( A Kissi proverb).
    While l do empathize with the poor Ivorian refugees, one question comes to mind: What was lvory Coast thinking when, on the night of Dec. 24, 1989, when the whole Monrovia was focused on Camp Johnson Road festive X – Mass Market, she allowed NPFL to cross into Liberia from her territory? Was Ivory Coast imagining that Charles Taylor was bringing us nutritious foods and warm blankets?
    It is unfortunate that Liberia’s gov’t is starving our already immaciated citizens by rushing every lil food to those “refugees”. Probably to please the UN and the int’l community that Liberia is kind.
    What goes around comes around.
    Julius A. Momo – Stone, USA.

  4. Julius A. Momo, if you really “empathize with the poor Ivorian refugees“, you will not believe that the helping hand been given to those very refugee by the Republic of Liberia is simply an act to please the UN and the International community that Liberia is kind., when inter alia you are aware these are innocent and poor Ivorians who have nothing to do with the crisis which is been caused by the politicians, the rich, the elites, and their financial sponsors the multinational corporations which actually have dictated laws and policies to extend the presidential terms of that rascal Ouattara.

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