MONROVIA, Aug 31, (UNHCR) – Paul Gbedji is a civil engineer. But the hardest thing he has ever had to build was a new life.
Staring out through the pouring rain across the construction site in Liberia where he has been working for eight years, he says with a smile: "I am doing a nice job
Paul is a refugee who lost his entire family back in Togo.
"Togo is a beautiful country," he sighs. "And I was living good, working in my brother's construction company. I could sit down, design and create."
Women in Liberia will have an excellent opportunity to make their voices heard when a referendum on constitutional reform is held next year, said Counselor Gloria Musu Scott, who chairs Liberia’s Constitutional Review Committee (CRC).
Just recently,Counselor Scott presented the recommendations of the National Constitution Conference to the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, following many months of consultation with a wide range of community representatives throughout the country.
There are no new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia. As of 19 August 2015, 26 days have passed since the last case was discharged. There are no remaining contacts under follow up.
UNICEF remains a key player in Liberia’s Ebola response efforts and is co- leading the WASH, psychosocial support services (PSS) and social mobilization pillars of the response.
- By its resolution 2190 (2014), the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until 30 September 2015 and requested me to keep it informed of the situation on the ground and the implementation of the mandate of UNMIL. The present report provides an update on major developments since my report of 23 April 2015 (S/2015/275) and recommendations for the extension of the mandate of and further adjustments to the Mission.
In order to support the decentralization of key security services in Liberia in the wake of the draw-down of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), two specific interventions were identified.
A refresher training for the Liberia National Police- Police Support Unit (LNP/PSU) and the procurement of full sets of uniforms for the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization- Border Patrol Unit (BIN/BPU) required funding.
Transmission of the Ebola virus was first recognised in Doe community, Garworlohn, in October 2014. At this time, Patrick Gaddeh struggled to comprehend Ebola and did not consider it to be real. When one of Patrick’s neighbours died unexpectedly, he visited the affected family and assisted with the burial. This is thought to be the moment when Patrick was infected by the Ebola virus.
MONROVIA, Liberia 31 July 2015 – UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.
· There are currently six confirmed cases in this most recent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Margibi and Montserrado counties. Two of these are deceased, two have been discharged from an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), while the remaining two will be discharged as soon as they test negative. There is still no definitive information on the original source of transmission.
· As of 21 July 2015, there are 22 contacts being followed up in Margibi and 17 contacts in Montserrado.
3832 Out Patient Department attendance in the clinics in the three refugee camps
4809 Refugee primary school students receive stationary
720 Refugee youth enrolled in vocational skill learning in the three refugee camps
1 New asylum seeker registered
16 per cent of Liberia’s population is food insecure, and the situation is not improving.
Government and partners call for enhanced surveillance and prevention, as new EVD cases are confirmed.
Emerging recovery trends focus on disaster preparedness and risk reduction.
Government and partners to address SGBV concerns; and integrate protection needs of older persons and People living with Disabilities.
International Recovery Conference on Ebola to be held in New York on 10 July.
Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Friday 6/12/2015 - 14:22 GMT
by Zoom Dosso
More than 200 heavily-armed Ivorian farmers have seized a forest in Liberia, scattering terrified inhabitants in an incursion described in parliament as a "national threat", a security source and locals said Friday.
The security source, providing details of an occupation first raised in Liberia's senate earlier in the week, said the ethnic Mossi tribespeople were claiming the land for their country.
MONROVIA, 11 June 2015 (IRIN) - Liberia’s Ebola outbreak has been over for a while, so what has happened to all those burial teams, contact tracers, Ebola Treatment Unit health workers, community mobilisers, ambulance drivers? What are they doing now?
The answer is not a lot. The majority of the estimated 20,000 or so workers and volunteers who risked their lives during the year-long fight are unable to find work, largely due to lingering stigma and fears about the virus.
Liberia declared Ebola free on 9 May 2015
Successful measles, polio and deworming campaign undertaken in all counties.
Ebola response efforts transitioning into early recovery focus across all sectors.
In this issue
Vigilance remains high P.1
Immunization campaign P.2
Early Recovery planning P.3
Funding Overview P.6
The EVD outbreak in Liberia was declared over on 9 May 2015, after 42 complete days elapsed since the burial of the last confirmed case.
To date, 3,323 children are registered as having lost one or both parents/primary caregivers due to Ebola (884 having lost both parents and 2,439 lost one parent).
The document first presents a reminder of pre-crisis vulnerabilities. It then summarises the main humanitarian impacts of the Ebola crisis, and describes emerging issues. Four risks are outlined for Liberia over the next six months: major communicable disease outbreak, a food security crisis, endemic Ebola, and floods. For general information on risk analysis, see the end of the document.
EMERGENCY EVD PROTECTION CROSS BORDER LIBERIA-GUINEA
Since January 2015, the ECHO funded DRC Liberia Guinea Cross Border Emergency EVD project has been operational in 50 border communities and 6 urban centres in Nimba County. The Liberian Emergency Team carries out activities to empower EVD survivors across Nimba County through integrated protection measures such as economic reintegration, individual protection assistance (IPA) and cash transfer.
Zwedru, Liberia | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 02:57 GMT
by Zoom Dosso
In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues.
The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on militants crossing from Liberia that has displaced thousands and claimed dozens of lives in the border area.
Data are based on official information reported by the Liberian health ministry up to 3 May 2015. These numbers are subject to change due to on-going reclassification, retrospective investigation and availability of laboratory results.
No new confirmed cases were reported since 20 March 2015.
• For the fifth consecutive week, there have been no confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in Liberia. The Government in consultation with humanitarian partners has earmarked May 9 to declare the end of active transmission of Ebola in the country .
• B order monitoring and surveillance must still be enhanced, and community mobilization efforts continued to avoid complacency.
• More than 400 suspected measles cases reported by 30 Apr il in 10 counties.
A nationwide measles campaign is scheduled for 8 - 14 May.