UNHCR Recognizes ZF’s Commitment to Refugees in Ivory Coast The situation of refugees from the conflicts in the Ivory Coast...
Zakat Foundation in Ivory Coast
At the height of the political crisis in 2011, approx. 200,000 people sought asylum in 13 neighboring countries and over 1,000,000 people were internally displaced. As the Ivorian government reconciles political differences, a repatriation framework has been established for two years for refugees and internally displaced people. Over 800,000 internally displaced people have been returned to their homes and a procedure has been put in place to return the refugees displaced.
However, there are still concerns about preserving human rights for repatriates that have been subject to arbitrary imprisonment, looting of homes, and lack of legal proceedings for those who have been prosecuted for unwarranted crimes. The greatest obstacles to overcome are political instability, which has marked the recent history of the Ivory Coast, and crude infrastructure, which has hindered economic growth.
Zakat Foundation of America has worked mainly to provide refugee relief for those fleeing political violence in Ivory Coast, distributing vital supplies in Ivory Coast and also to its citizens who have fled to neighboring countries, such as Ghana. ZF also has provided sewing machines and tailoring classes to displaced women experiencing long-term displacement in order to help them generate an income and escape poverty.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center