Charity’s call for help in Ivory Coast crisis

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WEARSIDERS are being urged to dig deep and help the humanitarian crisis in Ivory Coast.

The British Red Cross is renewing its appeal as one million people are reported displaced within the West African country and more than 100,000 have fled over the border as refugees.

More people have become trapped in their own homes without access to water, food or medical care.

Ivorian refugees are also fleeing to Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.

Disaster response manager Barry Armstrong said: “This dramatic influx of people is putting a real strain on villages near the border.

“There isn’t enough food, village wells are running dry and we are already seeing some outbreaks of diarrhoea and skin disease, which is deeply worrying.

“The communities along the border want to support the Ivorians.

“But without support from the international community the situation will deteriorate rapidly.”

To make a donation to help efforts, visit website www.redcross.org or phone 0845 054 7202.