Each day, hundreds of refugees are fleeing the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire — leaving behind their homes and many of their belongings and moving to refugee camps across the border in Liberia.
The BBC says: “What started as a trickle of around 300 refugees into Liberia at the beginning of the Ivorian political stalemate late last year, is turning into a huge refugee crisis, with plans afoot to build more camps in Liberian villages for the refugees. But support for the fleeing people is not yet adequate.”
As the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) works to provide families with food, water, and shelter, the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign is stepping up to provide urgently needed bed nets to over 70,000 refugees. And we need your help.
Malaria is the leading cause of death for refugees, but a bed net can help families sleep safely. Nothing But Nets supporters, partners, and Champions came together in 2008 and 2009 to provide refugees across Africa with life-saving nets (read about our past work with UNHCR here) and now we need your support for refugees in Liberia. Gather your family, friends, co-workers, and everyone else you know to help spread the buzz about this urgent need for nets in Liberia.
This World Malaria Day, be a Champion in the fight against malaria: for just $10, you can provide a life-saving bed net to refugees coming from Cote d’Ivoire before the rainy season starts in May.