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UN: 3,200 flee Ghana for Togo after ethnic strife

UN: 3,200 flee Ghana for Togo after ethnic strife

Several thousand Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife in their country's north have crossed the border into Togo in recent days, a U.N. official said Wednesday.
Francis Kpatinde, regional spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the Togolese government reacted quickly, supplying the refugees with tents, food and medicine and beginning a campaign to vaccinate children. The U.N. Refugee agency is also on the ground in northern Togo's Tangjouare prefecture, awaiting truckloads of tents, mosquito nets and food.
Kpatinde said that more than 3,200 refugees from Kombatiek and Nadongou villages had crossed the border in roughly the last 10 days. He said the local population was struggling to cope with the influx.
A Togolese delegation met with authorities in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Wednesday to discuss the emergency.
After the meeting, Ghana's deputy minister of information, Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, confirmed the flight to reporters, but said only 1,000 people had crossed the border. He said the government was working to rebuild homes destroyed in the fighting in northern Ghana, expressing hopes that they would be repatriated quickly.
While Ghana is relatively stable, occasionally refugees cross into Togo from the north to flee ethnic fighting and land disputes.


Updated : 2021-04-15 08:29 GMT+08:00