Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Random News Generator- Liberia

It's always tough to hear about refugee camps. Not only are they filled with people driven from their homelands by threat on life of limb, not only are they filled with people who have no desire more than to go home and who really have nowhere more prosperous to go, but the camps themselves are usually in regions that are themselves pretty rough and the conditions are usually dire.

So one thing you'd think would be nice to hear about is the day a camp finally closes and the refugees go home. Which has happened at Liberia's Dougee Refugees Camp, near the border with Cote d'Ivoire, after the repatriation of 5,200 Ivorians. It's actually the second camp to close in the past year, as conditions in Cote d'Ivoire settle after a civil war that ended in April 2011. 114 refugees simply swapped camps, to the 62,000-strong PTP Refugee Camp, but given Cote d'Ivoire's penchant for violence over recent history, those refugees are electing to hold out at least a little longer.

After all, they are still in Liberia, which has its own refugee issues.

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