UNHCR airlifts trucks as nearly 30,000 Ivorians cross into Liberia in four days

UNHCR airlifts trucks as nearly
30,000 Ivorians cross into Liberia in four days

UNHCR airlifts trucks as nearly 30,000
Ivorians cross into Liberia in four days
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Written by UNHCR Press   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 17:50

The world’s second largest cargo aircraft, Antonov 24, today landed at
the Roberts International Airport, 60 km
from the Liberian capital, Monrovia,
with 10 Mercedes Benz 1017 trucks, 100 Light Weight
Emergency Tents and 200 rolls of
Reinforced Plastic Tarpaulins as the UN refugee agency responds
to an Ivorian refugee emergency.
Since Thursday, 24 February 2011,
an estimated nearly 30,000 Ivorians have crossed over into
Liberia following
renewed violence in Cote d’Ivoire adding to nearly 40,000 Ivorians
that the UN refugee agency and partners have already registered
since last November.“The ten trucks and
other items are part of our efforts to promptly respond
to the influx of Ivorian refugees, but we urgently more
funding and logistics,” said the Officer-in-Charge of the
UN refugee agency in Liberia, Mr. Raouf Mazou, who
received the trucks at the airport. Mr. Mazou said UNHCR
is urgently working with the Government of
Liberia and partners to make
contingent plans in the event of more influx.  
“The simple reason why we airlifted the trucks is time. It will take a
minimum of
one month to transport the trucks from
Germany to Monrovia by sea,” remarked Senior Supply
Officer Mats Hultgren.
The trucks will be used to transport relief items and
refugees away from the border
villages to the Bahn Refugee Camp and transit centres
that have been constructed.
Today’s airlift is the fourth UNHCR-chattered aircraft that
has delivered relief items and logistics to the West African state,
which also experienced 14 years intermittent civil war, but which
ended seven years ago. Added to the airlifts,
the UN refugee agency is also shipping more relief items
and shelter construction materials.

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