Up to One Million Human Beings–Not a Typo–Flee Ivory Coast

This is just shocking, and it’s being drowned out by other headlines.

The UN is reporting that as many as a million people–a number incomprehensible to the human mind–have fled their homes. 

“The massive displacement in Abidjan and elsewhere is being fueled by fears of all-out war,” Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva.

Among those who have fled the fighting are at least 500,000 children, said aid group Save The Children in a statement released Friday.

The UN Security Council is meeting to consider a French resolution to enable UN peacekeepers to use “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. 

Pass it. This sounds more and more like imminent genocide. 

The ICG said that with half a million people displaced as Gbagbo forces battle to oust the internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara, there was increasing sexual violence, summary executions and even people burnt alive. ”Gbagbo’s regime is intentionally driving the country to chaos,” it added.