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One UN Weekly Humanitarian Sitrep (9-18 January 2012)

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HUMANITARIAN SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai were inaugurated for a second six-year term of office on Monday, 16 January. In her inaugural address, the President underscored the need for reconciliation among Liberians and called on them to be more patriotic. The main opposition party, the Congress for Democratic Change attended the ceremony.

  • Given the hope of peace and political stabilization in Cote d’Ivoire, 7,321 refugees are reported to have spontaneously returned to Cote d’Ivoire, especially from Rive Gee County.
    The overall refugee figure now stands at 128,067 individuals.

  • The UNHCR and the Liberian Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) handed over 31 shelters in the Gblah community which was previously occupied by 31 refugee families.

  • Due to a severe food and resource pipeline break, WFP has been instituting a cereal ration reduction from December 2011 onwards to temporarily mitigate the shortfall. Since January 2012, WFP has been providing food assistance only to refugees residing in camps and relocation villages.

  • Over 46,473 Ivorian and Liberian children now have access to Primary Education, Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Vocational Skills Training services in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland Counties. The number of beneficiaries in the respective counties has slightly dropped as compared to those in the last reporting period.

  • Crucial lack of livelihood, life skills, psychosocial and education programs in camps and host communities for young people. This will have a long term implications for peace building and stability in Liberia.

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