Liberia

ADRA workers missing in Liberian border-town fighting

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Silver Spring, Maryland - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has received confirmed reports that three of its workers caught in renewed fighting in Toe Town close to the Liberian-Ivory Coasts border are missing.
The three workers, Emmanuel Sharpolu, ADRA Liberia director; Kaare Lund, ADRA Norway director; and ADRA's driver, Musa Kita, were headed to a Norwegian-funded project when they drove into the area of unrest. ADRA's implementing partner, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), has identified the remains of ADRA's burned-out vehicle in the location of the fighting.

Efforts are underway to locate the three ADRA workers still missing, but continued unrest in the area poses a challenge. Updates on the situation will be released as and when information becomes available.

Providing individual and community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age or ethnicity, ADRA is present in more than 125 countries.

Additional information about ADRA can be found on its website at www.adra.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Tereza Byrne
Bureau Chief
Marketing and Development
ADRA International
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904 USA
Voice: 301-680-6398
Fax: 301-680-6370
Cell: 301-7929850
TerezaByrne@compuserve.com