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Football promotes dialogue and solidarity

Liberian Red Cross volunteers and ICRC personnel recently helped young people organize a football tournament in a camp for refugees from neighboring Côte d’Ivoire, promoting dialogue and solidarity between refugees and hosts.

Fleeing the gunfire

Since 1 September 2011, Ruth's address has been 'Block-P, PTP refugee camp, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia.' "We were among the very first Ivorian families to arrive," she explains. "I've been living in this tiny house of plastic sheeting since I arrived, but now the roof is leaking badly."

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Passing the Test - the real cost of being a student

This report examines the research undertaken by a consortium of government and non-government agencies working in Liberian schools, commissioned to research School Related Gender Based Violence.

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UN Focus: Issue 02, Volume 11 | March - May 2014

  • New Graduates Boost Police Capacity

  • Refugee Repatriation Extolled

  • AFL Prove EOD Capable

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The fallout of rape as a weapon of war

New research explain patterns and consequences of sexual violence in post-conflict settings in Liberia. The paper also highlights the complexities involved in tackling this problem.

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Liberia's lost generation of child soldiers comes of age

05/26/2014 03:19 GMT

by Frankie Taggart

MONROVIA, May 26, 2014 (AFP) - Abdul Sesay used to carry an AK-47 in jailed Liberian warlord Charles Taylor's notorious "Demon Forces" militia, which tortured, killed and raped its way through the country's second civil war.

Now he sleeps rough, with no steady job and little chance of ever finding one, scraping together what money he can to buy the drugs that help him forget.

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What the ICRC did in 2013

Detainee welfare

  • visited over 1,800 detainees in 22 places of detention, including prisons and police stations; helped the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Ministry of Justice) to improve water and sanitation infrastructure, benefiting 1,342 detainees in 8 prisons;

  • provided soap for 1,700 inmates in all 16 of Liberia's prisons;

  • organized supplementary feeding for 152 malnourished prisoners in Monrovia Central Prison;

  • helped several foreign detainees to contact their relatives abroad;

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Special Representative, Briefing Security Council, Stresses Need to Build Solid Basis for Reform, Effective Governance in Consolidating Liberia’s Peace

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Security Council
7145th Meeting (AM)

Progress Slow in Justice, Rule of Law, Says Chair of Peacebuilding Configuration

Seizing the present “window of opportunity” to build solid foundations for reform and effective governance in Liberia would be critical for consolidating the country’s hard-won peace and charting a future of inclusive development, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative told the Security Council today.

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Côte d'Ivoire/Libéria : Une mère et ses enfants réunis après trois ans de séparation

Pendant la crise post-électorale de 2010-2011 en Côte d’Ivoire, des milliers de personnes ont fui les violences et se sont réfugiées au Libéria. Parmi elles de nombreux enfants, obligés de partir sans leurs parents voire même sans un proche. Depuis, la Croix-Rouge est parvenue à réunir bon nombre de ces enfants avec leur famille.

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DRC opens women’s centre in Liberia

A new women’s centre in a refugee camp in Liberia has been set up and is ready to deal with different women’s issues. DRC has identified different challenges faced by females – and they will be addressed in the new centre.

31st January 2014 marked the official inauguration of the Women’s Centre or Foyer des Femmes in the DRC managed Little Wlebo Refugee Camp, Maryland by the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Ambassador Deborah Ruth Malac. The centre will be a free space for the female population of the camp – and the construction of the U.S. funded centre was recently completed.

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Des réfugiés ivoiriens appellent au désarmement, à la réconciliation et à une hausse de la prime de retour

CAMP DE RÉFUGIÉS DE PTP, Libéria, 10 février (HCR) – Des réfugiés ivoiriens vivant au Libéria ont appelé au désarmement des anciens combattants, à un renforcement des efforts pour la réconciliation nationale et une hausse de la prime de rapatriement. Ces mesures, selon eux, encourageraient à davantage de retours vers la Côte d'Ivoire.

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Ivorian refugees call for disarmament, reconciliation and increased grant before return

PTP REFUGEE CAMP, Liberia, February 10 (UNHCR) – Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have called for the disarmament of former fighters, stronger efforts at national reconciliation and an increase in the repatriation grant, saying this would encourage more returns to Côte d'Ivoire.

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UNHCR Liberia: 2013 in Review

Inside this Issue

Message from the Rep

Repatriation in 2013

Key Achievements

Strategic Directions

Dates to Remember

UNHCR Supports Govt

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Female LNP Officers Praise Leadership Training

A capacity-building workshop for female Liberian National Police (LNP) officers was held in Nimba County in November focusing on their retention in the service as well as promotion and specialization in various operational areas.

A capacity-building workshop for female Liberian National Police (LNP) officers was held in Nimba County in November focusing on their retention in the service as well as promotion and specialization in various operational areas.

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Improving justice in Liberia

13 December 2013 - As part of a fellowship programme for law students that want to become public defenders, UNODC partnered with the Washington and Lee University School of Law in the United States and the Public Defense Office in Monrovia, Liberia. The programme aims to strengthen the national criminal justice system by introducing well-prepared lawyers into the profession.

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UNICEF appeals for accelerating birth registration and certification in Liberia

Monrovia, LIBERIA, 11 December 2013 – UNICEF and the Government of Liberia today called for accelerated efforts to boost birth registration in the country.

“Over ninety percent of Liberian children under five are not registered. Officially, they are invisible. This is unacceptable,” said the UNICEF Liberia Representative, Sheldon Yett, at a media conference coinciding with UNICEF’s 67th anniversary.

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Men as agents of change in ending violence against women and girls in Liberia

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UN Women

“This is a good way to mark the start of the 16 Days,” said Mahmoud Koroma, Programme Associate at UN Women, a co-organizer of the event. “As UN staff members, it is important to reflect on the role that men can play to prevent violence against women and girls. We need to understand that gender based violence is not only a women’s issue, but we are all responsible if we don’t speak out” he continues.

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UNHCR assists 16,000 Ivorian refugees in their return to Côte d'Ivoire in 2013

MONROVIA, Liberia, 26 November, 2013 (UNHCR):The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Liberia has assisted 16,232 Ivorian refugees to voluntarily return to Côte d'Ivoire this year. The number of refugees repatriated in 2013 is twice the combined total of about 8,000 Ivorian refugees repatriated in 2011 and 2012.