LIBERIA: 500 Ivorian Refugees To Return Friday

A batch of 500 Ivorian refugees will return home Friday, January 24, through the Zleh Town area in Grand Gedeh County, an official of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has disclosed.

UNHCR Public Information Officer, Suleiman Momodou, said 19 vehicles, including 12 trucks for passengers, three trucks for luggage; three backup trucks and an ambulance will accompany the returning refugees.

Amongst the refugees is a Liberian woman who will be joining her spouse in the Ivory Coast, he said.

The Liberia Repatriation Reintegration and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) is a partner in the process and will be leading the team escorting the returnees, Momodou disclosed Wednesday on U. N. radio Coffee Break program.

He said 507 Ivorian refugees had crossed over to the Ivory Coast through Diagbola in Grand Gedeh County to Toulouplay, the Ivory Coast after the Christmas holiday.

A total of 220,000 refugees crossed into Liberia as a result of civil unrest in that neighboring country, Cote d’Ivoire.

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