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UNHCR Liberia Factsheet - May 2019

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Ivorian refugees in Maryland go to Cote d’Ivoire to participate in a “go and see” visit

285 Ivorian refugees voluntary repatriate to Cote d’Ivoire

8,923 Total number of Persons of Concern in Liberia

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

UNHCR works with the Government of Liberia through the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) in the provision of protection and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers, including gender issues, child protection and education.

UNHCR provides funding to African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD). This INGO provides support in infrastructure; shelter; WASH; and livelihood activities.

CONTEXT HIGHLIGHTS

Preparations continue towards a peaceful ‘Save the State’ protest on 7 June 2019.

■ On 24 May 2019, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, arrived in Liberia for discussions ahead of the planned protest in the country on 7 June 2019.

o It can be recalled that the Council of Patriots (CoP), the group organizing the ‘Save the State’ protest on 7 June 2019 cites lack of accountability, corruption and insufficient access to basic services as some of the reasons behind the upcoming protest.

o Following a closed-door meeting with the President of Liberia, H.E. George M. Weah, Dr. Chambas met with the CoP.

■ In a joint statement, the UN, African Union (AU) Liaison Office in Liberia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Liberia urged the government to allow the protest to go ahead.

■ The organizers of the protest met with the President of Liberia, in the presence of the Council of Churches, UN Resident Coordinator, AU and ECOWAS Representatives.

o During the meeting, the CoP highlighted the peaceful nature of the protest.

Government of Liberia misuse of donor funds.

■ On 9 May 2019, Information Minister, Eugene Lenn Nagbe, confirmed receiving a diplomatic letter signed by nine Heads of Diplomatic Missions.

o The signatories state that the government has carried out irregular withdrawals of donor’s project funds from the Central Bank of Liberia outside their intended purposes.

o The signatories of the letter included: the Head of the EU Delegation to Liberia, and Ambassadors from the US, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden and UK.

US$25 million mop-up money audit concludes that $2.37 million was not properly accounted for.

■ According to a press release from the Executive Mansion, the report is under review.

■ The General Auditing Commission (GAC) is the body that conducted the audit into the expenditure of US$25 million intended to mop up excess Liberian dollars from the market.

■ It can be recalled that both the Kroll Associates Incorporated report and that of the Presidential Investigative Team noted discrepancies in the handling of the mop-up exercise.