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World Refugee Day 2007 National Activities: Benin

World Refugee Day, 20 June 2007

On 17 June, refugee children took part in the show, "Club des Fans." They expressed themselves with poems and songs.

On 19 June, a games festival took place in Kpomassè.

On 20 June, an exhibition of handicrafts made by refugees was organized in Cotonou.

On 22-23 June, sports contests were held in Agamè.

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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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Benin: Swept by Floods

Recent torrential rains flooded two thirds of Benin. Some 700,000 people in the small West African nation have been affected.