Togolese tribes

Ghana Police APCACCRA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua)

Hundreds of refugees fled to northern Ghana Tuesday evening from Togo due to ethnic clashes between two tribes in a border village inside the country, an official of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) confirmed on Wednesday.

In an interview with Xinhua through telephone, Abdulai Mahama Silimboma, Northern Regional coordinator of NADMO, said that the Togolese refugees, the majority of whom were children, fled their home into Dundoni, a village of the Northern Region 658 km north of here, as a result of clashes between two clans of the Baasare tribe, the Bikaachib and Bivakpabe.

The village in the French-speaking Togo shares a common border with Dundoni in the Zabzugu Tatale district of the Northern Region and many residents across the border belong to the Baasare tribe.

Silimboma said his team had so far registered a total of 361 refugees made up of 50 adult males, 90 adult females, 91 male children and 130 female children.

Local authorities had returned one of the refugees who was dead and 10 others suffering with various degrees of injuries to Togo for burial and treatment.

The regional NADMO officers had visited the village and provided relieves such as tents, food, mattresses and blankets to the refugees. Silimboma appealed to the government and other organizations to provide assistance to the refugees since the NADMO office in the area did not have adequate supplies for them.

The health of the refugees was being checked by medical staff in the district while security had been provided in and around the refugee camp.

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