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UNHCR makes huge donation to Liberia

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(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Oct.31/2013) The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has donated 32 DT 175 model Yamaha motorcycles and assorted office equipment and supplies to two institutions in Liberia.

The items, valued at over US$150,000, were donated to the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) and the Ministry of Justice.

Twenty seven of the motorcycles were donated to the LRRRC, while five were donated to the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice also received various office equipment and supplies including desktop computers, typewriters, chairs, drawers, and tables.

The UNHCR Representative, Khassim Diagne, presented the items to the two institutions recently, on behalf of his organization.

LRRRC Executive Director, Cllr. Abla Williams, received the 27 motorcycles, on behalf of his organization.

Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration and Public Safety, Cllr. Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, received the 5 other motorcycles and, assorted office equipment and supplies on behalf of the ministry.

Making the presentation in Monrovia, Mr. Diagne said: “The donation to the LRRRC was part of the UN refugee agency’s continued support to the Liberian Government for the protection of refugees.

LRRRC is UNHCR’s main partner in Liberia while the Ministry of Justice is one of the key ministries with which the UNHCR works as the ministry also deals with issues of asylum and refugee laws.

Receiving the items, LRRRC Executive Director, Cllr. Williams, also noted: “The UNHCR has been supporting the LRRRC over the years, and I can assure you that the motorcycles would be used for the intended purpose (border monitoring and community mobilization).

“I am grateful to the UNHCR for demonstrating its sense of duty to the cause and safety of refugees, and other persons of concern in Liberia,” he also noted.

Also receiving the ministry’s share of the items donated, Deputy Minister Barnes lauded the UNHCR for its continued collaboration with Ministry of Justice.

The former LRRRC Executive Director added: “We are very grateful for this continuous collaboration with the UNHCR as we implement our activities, aimed at strengthening Liberia’s justice system for the promotion of peace and stability in our country.”

Liberia currently hosts about 60,000 refugees and asylum seekers, with more than 58,000 of the total number being Ivorian refugees.

 


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