The Fetentaa Camp was established in June 2011. It is one of three camps hosting Ivorian refugees in Ghana. Asylum seekers from OseiKodjokrom and Kasap transit center were relocated to Fetentaa when the camp was opened. The movement of people from the two locations took effect on 19 June 2011.
Refugees from La Cote d’Ivoire settled at the Fetentaa Refugees camp in Berekum in the Brong Ahafo region has called for the release of the country’s former president Laurent Gbagbo or else they won’t return to their country.
This was contained in a communiqué issued on behalf of the refugees by their leaders to their country’s government and journalists in Ghana.
PINKNEWS gathered that the refugees blocked the entry to the camp denying their country’s foreign affairs minister access to the camp to speak to and convince them to return to their home country since peace has prevailed.
In an interview granted to PINKNEWS, Alex Herve, a leader of the refugees posited that, unless the former president is released from prison custody and is welcomed back to his country, they won’t make any least mistake attempting to return home.
“We are aware of the hatred towards Gbagbo’s men..we won’t feel at home..they will attack us..so we won’t go. Ghanians are nice people, we are content with the treatment and care” He said.
Responding to why they denied their foreign minister access to the camp, Herve said they did that just because they didn’t want to see her and incase they communicate to the government, they(refugees) would be “misquoted and misinterpreted”.
At the end of the presidential elections in Cote D’ivoire which resulted in a stalemate leading to battles in Abidjan and other urban areas of the country, there was an influx of refugees into Brong Ahafo Region, Mid-West Ghana. The refugees were initially hosted by UNHCR in a transit camp at Kasap in the Brong Ahafo Region.
As with all camps in Ghana, the Fetentaa Camp is managed by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) staff seconded to the Ghana Refugee Board. UNHCR Implementing Partners such as the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), the Assemblies of God Relief and Development Services, (AGREDS) as well as the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) all have their presence on the camp.
The Camp is 1 kilometer away from the Fetentaa Township. Administratively, Fetentaa falls under the Berekum Municipality and it is found between the Berekum and Drobo townships.
STORY: Akwasi Addo, pinkfmonlinegh.com