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Ivorian Refugees Cry to Authorities

Jul 4, 2008, 5:42 AM | Article By: By Augustine Kanjia

An Ivorian refugee representative recently told the relevant authorities to take their issues seriously or they'll report to Geneva. Francis Loua, the spokesperson for Ivorian refugees in The Gambia, pointed out to the refugee authorities, in the presence of the UNHCR, Immigration, GAFNA and the Red Cross that they are not being taken seriously.

He said, "since francophone refugees are in The Gambia working for us it has been difficult. No food is given and as well as lodging and medication.

Francis said that Sekou Saho, head of the UNHCR and Fatou Barry, the protection officer, have said that they will help Ivorian refugees but, to our great surprise, said again that, 'medical assistance is not possible for all .' Our question is why? Why are we treated unfairly?"

He continued saying, "If they do not listen to us, if there is no change this month, we are going to write to Geneva to explain our problem in a better way." The Senegalese are helped, why not us?"

Francis Loua asked the authorities for professional training for Ivorian refugees living in Serrekunda and Brikama.

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