The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Government of Liberia have broken grounds for the construction of a 100-housing unit for Ivorian refugees in Nimba County.
The housing unit is part of the local integration process of about 1,500 Ivorian refugees in Bahn City, Nimba County.
UNHCR Regional Representative Liz Ahua speaking at the ceremony described the project as a milestone that will host Ivorian refugees as long as they wish to stay in Liberia.
Madam Ahua used the occasion to thank the Government and people of Liberia for hosting the refugees over the last eight years.
The UNHCR Regional Representative also expressed the hope that the people of Bahn will benefit from the 310 acres of land provided for refugees’ shelter.
He also called on the refugees to continue to live peacefully with Liberians as they have done in the past noting that the UNHCR is open to dialogue on refugees plight.
Making brief remarks at the ceremony, Liberia Refugees Repatriation Resettlement Commission officials encouraged the refugees to return home because the situations which made to seek refuge no longer exist in Ivory Coast.
The LRRRC officials assured the refugees that the Government will support their livelihood and health services if they preferred to stay in Liberia.
LRRRC Executive Director Rev. Festus Logan has however warned against the selling of the housing unit added that it belongs to the Government and not a personal home for the refugee.
Rev. Logan said the project is in affirmative with President Weah pro-poor housing units.
By N. Cyrus Harmon