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Groups: 450,000 still displaced in Ivory Coast

Half a million still displaced in Ivory Coast after post-election violence subsides with returnees in need of assistance, say aid groups

AP , Thursday 13 Oct 2011

Humanitarian groups say nearly half a million people remain displaced in Ivory Coast six months after postelection violence formally ended.

In a report this week, the groups say people who were forced from their homes also continue to face significant security threats.

Some 1 million people fled during postelection violence earlier this year after former strongman Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office following a November poll.

The groups say that some 500,000 people now have returned home. They say, however, that returnees also remain in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

The report was published by Oxfam, CARE and the Danish Refugee Council, which are providing humanitarian services in the West African nation.

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