GHANAIAN REFUGEES IN THE SAVANNAH REGION OF TOGO
On April 18, 2010, 2,936 Ghanaians crossed the border into l'andjouare prefectate in northern Togo. As of June 15, 2010, it was reported that the number of refugees had grown to 4, 783. The group is now estimated at around 6,000 persons. Both belligerent ethnic groups have fled across the border and sought refuge in four villages in Togo (Djaring Gbankone, Nadangou and Tomoni);
In addition to the refugees, the local Togolese communities affected by this crisi are estimated at 3,500 individuals and are of the same ethnic background as the refugees. The government of Togo and the traditional leaders of these local communities have for the moment, responded positively and spontaneously in receiving and hosting the refugees.
However, the capacity of the host communities to accept the refugees is severly limited by the impoverished nature of the region and the fact the refugees arrival has coincided with the lean season. The region in question is a poor agricultural area with rocky ground and is thus among the poorest and most deprived areas in Togo (94.1% living under the poverty line according to QUIBB 2006). Lack of arable land for an agricultural population is thus a factor of food insecurity. Natural resources are scarce and finding firewood is a challenge. The situation having become worse as the host population is sharing all their assets with the refugees who left their belongings behind in Ghana.
Regarding WFP's contribution the assistance provided thus far has been carried out through remaining stocks and funds of EMOP 104650, which ended on June 30, 2010. A proposal for CERF funding is currently being jointly prepared to WFP and UNHCR in order to fund the planned assistance for July through September.