By Kruah Thompson (Intern)
Some 7,000 Liberians at the Budubura Refugee Camp in Ghana are expected to be voluntarily repatriated by January 31, 2022, the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission reveals.
The executive director of the LRRRC Rev. Festus Logan, says the minister of foreign affairs of Liberia and head of delegation to Ghana expressed serious concern about the situation of Liberian refugees in Ghana.
Rev. Logan narrates that on 24th October a Liberian delegation headed by the minister of foreign affairs D. Maxwell Kamayah held an engagement with his Ghanaian counterpart in Accra to discuss the repatriation of Liberia refugees. The delegation was commissioned by President George Manneh Weah.
The LRRRC boss continues that the Liberian foreign Minister expressed concern about news that some Liberians in the camp were allegedly involved in crimes and prostitution.
He says during the engagement, the Liberian delegation on behalf of President Weah thanked the Ghanaian authorities for the long historical ties between both countries, thereby appreciating Ghana for their contribution to Liberia during the civil war here.
In response, the minister of interior of the Republic of Ghana Ambrus Dorray similarly recounted the historical ties between Liberia and Ghana and clarified that Ghana has no intention of asking Liberians to leave, but that Ghanaian law does not support government owning land, so all land in Ghana is owned by chiefs and traditional leaders.
He said the traditional leaders of Ghana have the right to all land and are, therefore, requesting that the Budubura Refugee Camp be demolished, and said demolition should commence this November.
But the Liberian delegation headed by foreign minister Kamayan responded that if the Liberians must be removed from the camp or repatriated to Liberia, it should be done in safety and dignity, and appealed that the time instead, is extended to December 31, 2022.
However, the Ghanaian side rejected the request, on grounds the traditional chiefs wanted the land back immediately.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/liberian-returnees-accuse-govt-of-abandonment/ Editing by Jonathan Browne