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Liberians Stuck in Ghana as Ebola Ravages Home

Chris Stein | Voice of America   in 
October 29, 2014

ACCRA, GHANA—Amos Bouye fled Liberia 12 years ago, as fighting engulfed the country, and wound up in a camp outside Ghana’s capital Accra. He wants to go back, but he missed the organized repatriations carried out by the United Nations. He doesn’t have the money to travel.

Now, civil war refugees like Bouye face other deterrents to going home: Ebola, and the related closed roads and cancelled flights.

“Right now there is no flight that is going, and there is no road, no border open from Ghana to Liberia,” Bouye said.

The Buduburam refugee camp where he lives is quieter now than it once was. Many of the Liberians who fled to Ghana have returned home over the years, particularly after Liberians lost their status as refugees in 2012. But for those who remain, waiting is difficult.

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