IDP return in Liberia - Update 5

1. Status of Return:
As of 16th February 2005, a total of 47,740 IDPs have been provided assistance to return and reintegrate in their counties of origin by the International Community by being provided with food, non food items and a secondary transport allowance. These IDPs are broken down in the following categories;

Figures & Categories
Type of Assistance
26,860 - Facilitated
Provided with transport, NFIs, food, and a cash grant for secondary transport.
18,786 - Spontaneous
Returned spontaneously on their own, but were provided with food and non food items plus the secondary cash grant
2, 094 - Ricks Inst.
Provided secondary transport grant, food and non food items
Total number of IDPs assisted and therefore removed from WFP feeding logs.

2. The New IDP Consultative Forum is formerly launched.

The inaugural IDP Consultative Forum which will be the overall body responsible for all policies and resources mobilization was launched late last week. The meeting was/will be chaired by the Director of the Liberian Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) with the Humanitarian and Relief Coordinator (HC/RC) as the Co-Chair. Members are drawn from the donor community, the humanitarian community and two Representatives from the IDP Leadership.

3. Ricks comes to a close.

As mentioned above, 2,094 IDPs from Ricks Institute have been provided assistance. The IDPs destroyed over 350 huts where they had been living. This brings to a close this program which was started on trial basis. The lessons learnt during this short but highly successful process was that the IDPs who are from the Greater Monrovia need not wait any more but should be provided the opportunity to return to their homes. It is now being proposed that the next stage of a similar programme should commence in Fendell where an estimated 15,000 to 18,000 have been seeking shelter once all the preparations are in place.

4. Expanding the scope of the areas of return.

Since nearly all the 15 counties, except two, have been declared "ready to receive", The Humanitarian Coordinators Office has been making preparations with the key interlocutors to ensure that these new areas will be ready to accommodate returnees once the movements begins. In Bong County, for example, 780 families comprising nearly 5,000 individuals have registered to be assisted to return. These IDPs are in E. J. Yancy Camp. This was a very encouraging response given that this registration was conducted in the space of one day. They will be verified against WFP feeding logs.

Office of the Humanitarian and Relief Coordinator
February 16, 2005


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