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The Salvation Army in Africa Considers Response to Ivory Coast Refugee Situation

GhanaA constitutional crisis in the Ivory Coast has led to many people fleeing the country to seek safety in neighboring Liberia and Ghana. The Salvation Army’s Ghana Territory and Liberia Command are both currently assessing how best to respond. There is currently no Salvation Army presence in the Ivory Coast.

Ghana Territorial Commander Colonel Charles Swansbury writes “We have been advised by the divisional commander near the border [with the Ivory Coast] of the distressing condition of many hundreds of escapees who have recently crossed into Ghana. They have little clothing, shelter or personal resource.”

The Liberia Command leadership sent a team of three officers to the border where more than 30,000 refugees had been registered by the United Nations High Council for Refugees (UNHCR). The team reported that conditions for the refugees were very poor and that there is a great need for food, water, bedding, medicines and clothes – particularly with the rainy season due to start soon.

Salvation Army leaders fromLiberia andGhana have applied to International Headquarters for funding so they can begin work with the refugees.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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