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Liberia: 600 displaced people return to their villages

18-01-2001 News Release 01/02

Throughout last week, with the assistance of volunteers from the Liberia National Red Cross Society, the ICRC helped 600 displaced people return to their homes. The displaced, more than half of whom were children and teenagers, were transported by truck to their villages – Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya – in Upper Lofa (north-western Liberia), near the border with Guinea. Each family received blankets upon its arrival.
All these people had fled to Lower Lofa after the incidents that occurred last summer in conflict-ridden Upper Lofa. Some of them were living on the premises of an oil company and others with relatives. Around 200 decided to remain in Lower Lofa, where they had found jobs with logging companies.