One year after the post-electoral crisis which entailed violent hostilities in many parts of Côte d'Ivoire from December 2010 to April 2011 and caused an influx of 200,000 refugees into Liberia, the situation in Côte d’Ivoire seems to be relatively stable. The situation in Liberia along the border continues to stabilize with the progressive improvement in the political and security situation in Côte d’Ivoire, despite recent incursions by fighters.
The ongoing post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire continues to have huge humanitarian implications on the lives and livelihoods of people in the country and the region as whole, Liberia in particular. The violent incidents that followed the second round of the presidential elections of 28 November 2010 in Côte d’Ivoire increased fear of an internal conflict. This generated an initial displacement of population – both internally and in neighbouring countries, mainly Liberia.
While the acute humanitarian emergency engendered by the sudden influx of Ivorian refugees into Liberia continues to stabilize, significant humanitarian aid is still required to address the needs of some 120,000 Ivorian refugees and their host communities in the Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland counties of Liberia. Failure to provide this assistance will harm the lives and livelihoods of many refugees and vulnerable host populations, and hinder recovery and community rehabilitation efforts in Liberia.