• Wainsue internment camp, Liberia. Farewell speech from the authorities before the 69 ex-internees leave the camp.
    • Wainsue internment camp, Liberia. Farewell speech from the authorities before the 69 ex-internees leave the camp.
      © ICRC / P. Yazdi

    "The camp was set up on 16 June 2011, when 88 internees were transferred here from Harper,” explains Mohammed L. Kamara, Manager of the Wainsue Internment Camp. “The internees knew little or nothing about their whereabouts. They were very scared, and they didn’t think they would survive. I had to build confidence between them and the authorities and reassure the communities living around the camp. I also had to organize the day-to-day life of the internees and coordinate the work of the various organizations involved.”

    Mr Kamara explains the situation of the internees: “They were not prisoners but internees, they were not being punished but they were deprived of their freedom. They were depressed and I had to support them. The ICRC was a great help in this area."

    Mr Kamara managed the camp from June 2011 until it closed. The Ministry of Internal Affairs appointed him because of his past experience with special programmes such as DDRR (demobilization, disarmament, rehabilitation and reinsertion). He also played a social role in the camp, as well as managing and coordinating the work of different bodies such as the Liberian Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission.

  • Wainsue internment camp, Liberia. ICRC trucks with 69 released internees on board leave the internment camp for a refugee camp near the border with Côte d'Ivoire.
    • Wainsue internment camp, Liberia. ICRC trucks with 69 released internees on board leave the internment camp for a refugee camp near the border with Côte d'Ivoire.
      © ICRC / P. Yazdi

    Some of the former internees will be reunited with their families at the refugee camp. International organizations will help the others to rejoin their families in Côte d'Ivoire.

  • Refugee camp, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia. The released internees arrive at the refugee camp, where their friends and families give them a joyful welcome, singing and dancing.

    On 13 March 2012, the ICRC took George and 68 other internees to a refugee camp near the Ivorian border. Some of the ex-internees were reunited with their families in the camp, while others, like George, will rejoin their families in Côte d'Ivoire.


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