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Liberia: the ICRC visits 129 Sierra Leoneans

04-12-1996 News Release 96/48

From 28 to 30 November the ICRC visited 129 Sierra Leoneans held captive by members of the United Liberation Movement of Alhaji Kromah (ULIMO-K). During the visit, which took place in Bopolu, in the district of Lofa, ICRC delegates were able to interview the detainees in private and assess their state of health.

Several hundred Sierra Leoneans who recently fled the eastern part of that country and sought refuge in Liberia were arrested by members of ULIMO-K, a faction of the Liberian Council of State. The ICRC is planning to carry out similar visits in the coming days in order to register all the detainees.

It is up to the governments of Liberia and Sierra Leone to determine the status of these people. Should the parties decide to organize their repatriation, the ICRC will speak with each of the detainees individually to make sure that they indeed wish to return hom