Amid Unrest, UN Says 3,200 Flee Ghana for Togo

Ethnic strife in the north has forced some Ghanaians into Togo.


The block is currently hot in northern Ghana. According to the United Nations, the ethnic strife that has erupted has forced 3,200 into Togo in an attempt to flee the violence

Francis Kpatinde, regional spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the Togolese government reacted quickly, supplying the refugees with tents, food and medicine and beginning a campaign to vaccinate children.

Although Ghana is relatively stable, refugees occasionally cross into Togo from the north to flee ethnic fighting and land disputes.

The U.N. Refugee agency is also on the ground in northern Togo's Tangjouare prefecture awaiting truckloads of tents, mosquito nets and food.

Kpatinde said that more than 3,200 refugees from Kombatiek and Nadongou villages had crossed the border in roughly the last 10 days. He said the local population was struggling to cope with the influx.

A Togolese delegation met with authorities in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Wednesday to discuss the emergency.

After the meeting, Ghana's deputy minister of information, Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, confirmed the flight to reporters, but said only 1,000 people had crossed the border. He said the government was working to rebuild homes destroyed in the fighting in northern Ghana, expressing hopes they would be repatriated quickly.