The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has clarified that since the rise of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014, it ceased voluntary repatriation of Ivorian Refugees here.
The NewDawn in its Thursday’s July 16 Edition reported that the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission or LRRRC, in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration and Nationalization or BIN, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees has repatriated about 10,748 Ivorian Refugees.
But the UNHCR has dismissed the report as erroneous and nonfactual. “We would like to indicate that the facilitated voluntary repatriation of Ivorian Refugees has not taken place in 2015 due to the closure of the Cote d’Ivoire border with Liberia since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. Engagements with various stakeholders continue and clear communication will be sent to all parties as well as the media once voluntary repatriation resumes”, a press release issued by the Commission Thursday read. By Lewis S. Teh