Reference : V-P-LR-E-00154
Date : 2006
Country/Region : LIBERIA
Caption : Lofa county, Voinjama. A recently returned family lives in the ruins of its former home, which it is starting to rebuild.
Photographer : HEGER, Boris
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Excerpt from ICRC Regional News of 13 March 2006:
Monrovia (ICRC) - As thousands of Liberians displaced by years of war continue returning to their communities, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has this year resumed its relief assistance to them by distributing food, seeds, tools and household items to meet their basic needs. In line with its humanitarian mission, the ICRC continues to help the most vulnerable people affected by war and its effects even in the aftermath.

Since the beginning of November 2005, the organization has delivered assistance to 40,000 households in Southern Nimba, Lofa, Bomi, Gbarpulo, River Cess, Bong and Grand Cape Mount counties. Each household has received 25 kg of rice, 5 kg of beans, 25 kg of rice seeds, 10g of bitterball, and okra and pepper seeds for planting. In total 40,000 tools, including hoes, cutlasses and axes, and essential household items such as blankets, buckets, clothing and kitchen sets, have been delivered to the neediest communities.

Lofa county was particularly destroyed during the war and is presently home to the most vulnerable populations. The ICRC therefore considers this area a priority because the returning population, in most cases, comes back empty- handed to places where the host communities are unable to support them.
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