A Liberian government refugee agency says it lacks the financial potency to prepare for the return of approximately 4,000 Liberians residing in the united States of America who have been giver 12 months ending March 2019 to leave the US or face deportation.
It is a difficult task to accept over 4000 Liberians because the entity is not prepared, Rev. Festus Logan who heads the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) said in the capital Monrovia.
“Many of these people left Liberia at a little age during the war years. They have lost contact of where exactly in Liberia they came from. Some of them don’t even have families and friends here.
“ Firstly, we will have to build a communication link between us and them; create the awareness amongst Liberians about the issue of stigmatization and then when they arrived we will have to build an area on the land we have around Roberts filed highway to house them for certain period of time. So to admit, it is difficult task for the LRRRC and we are not prepared for it.
The LRRRC Executive Director told the New Democrat though the commission is not prepared both financially and logistically it is working on a five year strategic plan that would help improve its operations.
A team from the commission has visited the rural Liberia to get first hand information about the entity’s operation to inform its planning, Logan.
US President Donald in March this year announced a termination of deportation protection for Liberians living in the U. S. The policy has been in place since the 1980s when the West African Country was experiencing civil unrest.
The protection which was later renewed will now expire in March 31, 2019. An estimated 4,200 Liberians are protected by the Deferred Enforcement Departure program.
“Liberia is no longer experiencing armed conflict and has made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance,” said a memorandum signed by Trump.
Writes P. Nas Mulbah