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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s Regional Bureau Director for West and Central Africa, Madam Millicent Mutuli has completed a humanitarian assessment mission of refugees arriving from Côte d’Ivoire into Liberia, especially concentrated in the areas of Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties.

According to a release, she was accompanied by the Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) Hon. Rev. Festus R. B. Logan and UNHCR Liberia Country Representative, Madam Roseline Okoro between Friday 4 December – Sunday6 December 2020.

The UNHCR Regional Director also had the honour of the UN Resident Coordinator a.i., Mr. Kingsley Opoku Amaning to accompany her during her visit to Behwalay in Nimba County. The field mission was part of the UNHCR Regional Director’s visit to Liberia where she held meetings with various line ministries.

Speaking to refugees in the two counties especially in Saclepea, Behwalay and Dubuzon in Nimba County, as well as B’hai border village in Grand Gedeh County, Executive Director Logan said the purpose of the UNHCR Regional Director’s visit is to assess the humanitarian situation of the Persons of Concern (POCs), listen to their stories which will form the basis of government and interagency interventions to be made in areas including protection, food, shelter, health, water, sanitation and hygiene.

He assured the new arrivals that the Government of Liberia will remain committed to international conventions and protocols (1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, 1969 OAU Convention) and will provide international protection and work closely with UNHCR to find durable solution for their plight.

Expressing their concern, a cross section of the refugees attributed their coming to Liberia as the result of post-elections fear. The refugees appealed for assistance in areas including food, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and healthcare amongst others.

Responding, UNHCR’s Regional Bureau Director for West and Central Africa, Madam Millicent Mutuli said, with the opportunity to meet Ivorians seeking refuge in Liberia and having listened to their concerns, she would share the messages from Ivoirians in Liberia and the situation on the ground with authorities in Côte d’Ivoire and do her best to convey and find ways to facilitate pathways for eventual safe return.