EX LIBERIAN REFUGEES AT BUDUMBURAN CAMP PLEAD FOR MORE TIME TO RELOCATE AFTER COMING UNDER ATTACK BY UNKNOWN MEN.
Some residents and ex Liberian refugees including children came under attack earlier today at the budumburam camp after failing to relocate the premises despite a notice of evacuation served on them.
The chairman of the resident association Dennis Gwion who spoke to Accra based TV station claims the attack was instigated by some individuals in the area.
In July this year the District Chief Executive for Gomoa East in the Central Region revealed that the Buduburam Refugee Camp and settlements around it will soon be demolished by September 30.
The demolition of the camp was in response to a request by the Gomoa Fetteh chiefs over the increasing criminal acts in the Gomoa area, with the camp being turned into an abode for suspected criminals. The area after Demolition is to pave way for the development of a senior high school, a residential community, and a modern market.
The camp, which was decommissioned as a refugee base by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in June 2010, has become a settlement and now bears the infamous credential as a hideout for social deviants, including alleged robbery gangs.
Buduburam was established in 1990 to accommodate the influx of Liberian refugees who fled to Ghana when Charles Taylor came to power. Initially, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provided the settlement’s residents with individual aid and relief to the poor Refugees.
In 1997, however, Liberia held elections that the UN Judged to be fair enough to allow for safe repatriation conditions and as a result, the UNHCR discontinued refugee assistance to Liberians in Ghana, and the settlement lost most of this funding. During this time, an estimated 3,000 refugees returned to Liberia.
Most of them chose to remain in Ghana, however, and the Buduburam settlement served as the center of their community.
Soon after the 1997 elections, the political situation in Liberia worsened, and fresh arrivals of Liberian refugees to Ghana led the UNHCR to return to Buduburam.