UNHCR Official Says 40,000 Refugees in Liberia

The acting Resident Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has disclosed that an estimated 40,000 refugees, mostly Ivorians, are currently residing in Liberia.

Madam Loli Kimyaci explained that 77 percent of the Ivorian refugees are currently residing in three camps in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties, while 23 percent are living in communities, including the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Madam Kimyaci made the disclosure Friday at a press conference in Monrovia as Liberia joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20.

She indicated that UNHCR and the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) with the support of partners and other United Nations agencies continue to provide shelter, non-food items, camp coordination and management, livelihood opportunities, education and healthcare for the refugees.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the LRRRC, Abla Williams, has said it
is critical for the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations to fund agricultural projects and programs, especially livelihood programs geared towards sustaining refugees.

Director Williams pointed out that government with its meager resources will continuously collaborate with relevant humanitarian actors in providing protection and assistance for refugees and other vulnerable people.


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