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Ghana: Liberian Refugees in Limbo Over Desire to Return

Daily Nation   in 
November 17, 2014

Jefferson Karr was ready to return to Liberia. He had wound down the management school he ran in Ghana, given away the computers and planned his trip home.

Now Mr Karr is in limbo, along with many of his compatriots in the Buduburam refugee camp, 35 kilometres west of Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and is expected to hit economic growth in the region, as border closures and stigma disrupt the flow of goods and people.

On the sprawling camp’s winding dirt roads, Liberians no longer talk of the civil war that raged from 1989 to 1997 and forced many of them to seek refuge in Ghana.

Instead, they talk of a virus that kills like no other, with nearly 3,000 Liberians among the dead and the west African country having only just lifted a state of emergency imposed three months ago.


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