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U.S. allocates $12.6 million for Ivory Coast's displaced

By the CNN Wire Staff
More than 75,000 refugees have fled Ivory Coast, most of them to Liberia.
More than 75,000 refugees have fled Ivory Coast, most of them to Liberia.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Emergency funds are intended to help people displaced by political unrest and violence
  • The funds will be channeled to international and non-government organizations

Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. government will provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of Ivory Coast's political unrest and violence, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

The money will be channeled through the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to international and non-governmental organizations helping refugees and others displaced during recent political unrest and violence in the country, the State Department said in a statement.

More than 75,000 refugees have fled Ivory Coast, most of them to Liberia, and hundreds of thousands more are displaced within the country, the statement said.

The international community recognizes Alassane Ouattara as the winner of last November's presidential runoff and therefore the legitimate president, but self-proclaimed President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to cede power.

The political stalemate has resulted in months of uncertainty and spiraling violence. Human rights groups have warned the West African nation is sliding back into a bloody civil war.

 
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