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Libyan exodus straining resources at refugee camp in Tunisia

Catholic World News - May 26, 2011

A refugee camp in Tunisia, which has recently absorbed 3,500 people fleeing from the fighting in Libya, has been struck by violence, a Catholic priest on the scene reports.

The Chouca camp now shelters refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal, and Ivory Coast. The influx of new refugees from Libya—who have few other options for asylum—triggered a burst of violence, reports Father Mussie Zerai. The Eritrean priest says that the pressure of migration must be eased: “There must be more willingness on behalf of those countries that had declared their willingness to accept refugees, to increase the quota of refugees who can be accepted.”

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