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Togo: Over 3,000 fled to Benin and Ghana in June

Briefing Notes, 1 July 2005

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 1 July 2005, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The total number of refugees from Togo who have fled to neighbouring Benin and Ghana has reached 38,492, compared to 35,012 at the end of May. This total includes 23,221 refugees in Benin and 15,500 refugees in Ghana.

In Ghana, where virtually all refugees are staying with host families, UNHCR and its partners are continuing to provide targeted material assistance to refugees and their host families and communities to ensure this situation is sustainable. In the Aflao area, adjacent to Togo's capital, Lomé, and where the majority of refugees crossed into Ghana, UNHCR and local authorities are preparing to carry out a house-to-house survey from 7-9 July to verify exact numbers of refugees in the area and their needs.

In Benin, nearly 8,800 refugees are sheltering in the camps at Come and Lokossa/Agame, the remainder are staying with family and friends.

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Benin: Influx from Togo

More than 30,000 people fled Togo to seek security in neighbouring countries when violence erupted with the announcement of election results on April 26, 2005. The outflow slowed in the ensuing weeks, but Benin and Ghana continue to register daily arrivals.

More than half of the refugees arrived in Benin, many through the main crossing point at Hilakondji. The majority stayed with friends and host families, while several thousand were moved from a church compound near Hilakondji to Come and Lokossa camps. More land is being cleared at Lokossa to accommodate more of the new arrivals. UNHCR and its partners are providing food and relief items and building sanitation facilities.

In Ghana, most of the Togolese are living with relatives and friends, but these host families are now running low on resources. Aid agencies are working to meet the increasing need to distribute food and relief items like mats, jerry cans, mosquito nets and soap.

Benin: Influx from Togo

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