Refugee Camp

The Ampain Refugee Camp

Refugee Camp. was established on 19th March, 2011 and it is located in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region of Ghana. It was the first of three camps established to shelter displaced Ivorians fleeing the hostilities following the November 2010 presidential elections.

The current population of the camp is made up primarily of Ivorian Nationals with a little over 1% being other nationals who were in Cote d’Ivoire at the time of the crisis. Administratively, Ampain is divided into A & B with each area having 45% and 55% of the population respectively.

As with all camps in Ghana, the Ampain Camp is managed by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) staff seconded to the Ghana Refugee Board. The camp has one police post; nine Ghana Police Service officers and one fire officer are stationed in the camp and are rotated on a monthly basis. The security situation in the camp remains calm with occasional incidents which are quickly responded to due to a close collaboration between camp management and the national security apparatus.

There is a 30 member refugee Neighborhood Watch Team (NEWAT) in place which supports the Police in ensuring security in the camp. Ampain is a small community located approximately 57 kilometers from the Ghana-Ivory Coast border town of Elubo. It is situated in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region of Ghana about 7 kilometers from Esiama, and 2 kilometers from Kamgbuli. It has an estimated population of 1,100 people with majority being of the Nzema tribe. The people of Ampain are ruled by a Chief, Nana Nyamke Frofre II who is an educationist by profession.

Ampain has a community school, comprising of a daycare, a primary and Junior High School. There is no health center, so Ampain residents access healthcare from the Esiama and Kamgbuli health centers, with major cases sent to the Saint Martin De Porres Hospital in Eikwe, approximately 13 Kilometers away.

The local population is traditionally fisher folk and small holder farmers, with rubber and cassava being the major crops of economic importance. In recent times however, the Ghana Gas Pipeline and ongoing road construction projects have injected a lot of alternative employment and economic activities in this area. These projects, coupled with the presence of several pockets of small scale mining activities have led to an increase in rent in the vicinity, with rooms which previously cost GHS 20.00 per month now going for GHS 50.00 per month.