Liberian refugees return home from Côte d'Ivoire

Liberian boy offers thanksgiving prayer before eating his meal

Liberian boy offers thanksgiving prayer before eating his meal

More than 430 Liberian refugees who had been stranded in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Côte d'Ivoire, have returned home.

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the refugees had first sought refuge at its office in Abdijan in December when they were targeted for allegedly fighting for former President Laurent Gbagbo.

Most of the refugees who were transported in two chartered flights this week were going home for the first time in nearly twenty years.

Melisa Fleming is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"We have managed to bring home a total of 432 Liberian refugees back to their country, many of whom had been camped out at out office in Abidjan also during the conflict, very worried about being associated with mercenaries and afraid for their lives. We were able to successfully also negotiate with the Liberian government to allow them to be repatriated."

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