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ICRC warns Liberian Red Cross at General Assembly

Jos Garneo Cephas
Some Red Cross delegates at the 49th General Assembly
Some Red Cross delegates at the 49th General Assembly

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The International Committee (ICRC) says support to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) is possible when corruption and misuse of donors and Liberian tax payers’ money is halted.

The ICRC Head of Delegation to Liberia, Julian Lenriogo, said their said: “If the Liberian Red Cross deserves an assistance and partnership from the international Red Cross societies, they must restore the lost value of service to humanity and Liberia first and foremost”.

The Red Cross Head of Delegation reassured the Liberian Red Cross delegates and local partners of their continue support. He made the statement Thursday, December 8, 2016 in Monrovia at the 48th   General Assembly and Special Session of the society.

The  high table of  LNRCS' interim leader, government officials and  some international partners.

Attending the special session are the 15 chapters’ delegates of the LNRCS nationwide to also elect a new corps of officers that would replace the current interim leadership.

Mr. Lenriogo who also serves on the LNRCS’ Steering Committee Said: “The Liberian Government played a neutral role in addressing the issues of corruption, fluid and mismanagement of the donors’ funding that recently took place within the Liberian Red Cross Society”.

The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Sylvester Grigsby, deputized President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and said: “President Sirleaf’s intervention into the recent leadership crisis of the Liberian Red Cross was only meant to restore credibility”.

Minister Grisgby extolled the international Red Cross Societies for their prompt intervention and support in the reform process of the Red Cross society of Liberia.

Representatives of the Internal Federation of Red Crescent (IFRC), the Canadian Red Cross and the Danish Red Cross (DRC), expressed concern over the reform process and pledged to support their Liberian counterpart.    


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