UNHCR, LRRRC Unhappy With Reintegration Estate

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MONROVIA, July 13 (LINA) -The UN High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) and the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) are unhappy with the housing units built for reintegrated Sierra Leoneans in Western Liberia.

According to the Liberia News Agency, both institutions made the statement at the end of a recent assessment visit to Western Liberia to inspect the estates  constructed by Child Fund  in Sasstown,  Sinje and Tienii in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties.

The UNHCR and LRRRC officials told reporters that Child Fund was contracted as an implementing partner to construct more than 400 units in 2009 for Sierra Leonean refugees who were reintegrated into the Liberian society.

They claimed that Child Fund used sub-standard materials to build the structures, noting that each of the buildings cost US$3,000.

Meanwhile, when contacted, Child Fund Program Manager, Anthony Klay Sie, admitted that the units were constructed with local materials, but noted that the materials were approved by the previous authorities of both UNHCR and LRRRC.

Mr. Sie explained that no material was used in the construction of the units that did not meet the acquiescence of the two institutions.

The over 400 housing units built with mud were seen in dilapidated condition and could collapse at any time.

The spokesman of occupants, Madam Fatimah Camara, appealed to the Liberian government to help carry out urgent rehabilitation works on the units, stressing that if nothing is done, they would be left without shelter.


BY Richard Stephens