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Ivorian Refugees Rampage in Grand Gedeh

Thousands of Ivorian Refugees at the Duogee Town Refugee Camp in Grand Gedeh County inside Liberia have begun a mass protest due to acute water shortage at the camp. Our correspondent says the protesters complained that the camp has been without water in the past two weeks. Many of the refugees have resorted to going to slump areas to fetch water.

The refugees told the New Dawn Liberia that the reservoir, which usually supplies the camp with water, has gone dried due to the shortage of petroleum. Our correspondent witnessed protesting refugees, carrying placards, and chanting French slogans, calling for urgent intervention from the Liberian government and relevant Non-Governmental Organizations or NGOs.

They expressed fears that water borne diseases could likely affect the camp if the situation were not quickly addressed. The Duogee Camp hosts over 10,000 Ivorian Refugees, who fled Cote d’Ivoire following disputed presidential election in 2010, which eventually led to bloody civil war in the neighboring country.

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