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Ghanaian Police Opened Fire on Liberian Refugees, Five Reported Dead, Many Injured, and Several Arrested

Liberian refugees in Ghana woke up today to gun shots and ransacking of the Buduburam Refugee Camp where they have lived and know as home since they sort refuge in that West African nation some 22 years ago when war broke out in the their country in 1989. Five Liberian refugees are reportedly  dead after being shot by the Ghanaian police with many injured and several arrested, most of the refugees arrested  are men.

 An eyewitness account from the Buduburam Refugee Camp  in Ghana  told  The New Dispensation this evening that the Ghanaian police stormed the refugee camp this morning shooting at randomly in the air in a bid to prevent the installation of  a new Refugee Welfare Council, the body which coördinates the affairs of the refugees and serves as a buffer between the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the Liberian refugees. 

The account of our eyewitness said about some time ago, the Liberian refuges protested unseated the previous Welfare Council on grounds  they did not care and sort the welfare of the refugees whom they claim to represent and wellbeing they  suppose to seek . The refugees and went ahead to elect a new Welfare Council whom they believe will seek their wellbeing  and proceeded to install them into office today but were told by the Ghanaian authority not to induct any new team of officers of the Welfare Council and should a bot any scheduled installation until the Ghanaian authority can come to investigate what transpired between the refuges and the former Welfare Council. The y refugees refused to abide by Ghanaian the government plead, it was on that basis to adhere to the government plead that the police were dispatched to prevent the installation. In a conversion with the our reporter, our eyewitness said the police stormed the refugee camp shooting at randomly in the air, rounding up many people, it was at that point the situation spilled out of control, the mothers and women of the refugees decided to protest the arrest and random shooting, a situation which aggravated the police and  became more brutal. The refugees responded by throwing stones , exhibiting the situation. Our source says he personal saw the gunning down of a Liberian refugee girl by a Ghanaian police.

Many Liberian refugees are injured from this fracas while several were arrested and are presently in the custody of the Ghanaian authority. The refugee camp is presently on a lock down, our eyewitness said with the entire camp turning into a ghost down as every one is in doors because the police are surrounding the camp. “Many are still in the bush, several of our brothers and sisters fled into the bushes when the police started shooting and rounding refuges up at random and could be afraid to return to the camp since the police are still here”, the eyewitness told “The New Dispensation”.    

The Liberian refugees, according to our eyewitness account refused to adhere to the Ghanaian government demands on grounds that they have waited long enough since the former leadership was unseated and the Ghanaian authority kept on promising to come and investigate the matter and help facilitate a new leadership but renegade on their promises. “It was at this junction, frustrated with the Ghanaian government lackadaisical attitude and concerned for their own wellbeing and the refugee community, the refugees decided to evolve a new leadership through election to fill in the vacuum in place by the unseating of the former Welfare Council”,  our eyewitness said.

Liberian refugees have from time to time since taking refuge in Ghana, have decried the Ghana immigration policy which preclude Liberian refugees from getting involve running their own refugee affairs but must rather be led and run by Ghanaians. Liberians have long cried, it is impossible;e for an ordinary Ghanaian to run the affairs of Liberian refugees and seek their welfare when they are not refugees and don’t know what it means to be a refugees, the reason why Ghanaians who have run the Liberian refugees program have abused, exploit, robbed Liberians refugees and denied them of the many opportunities provided to the refugees but convert those opportunities to Ghanaians depriving the refugees who are in dying need

This latest incident, is yet another of the several tension and uneasiness between Liberian refugees and Ghanaian authorities. In 2009, similar incidents took place between Ghanaian authorities and several Liberian refugees many of whom were woman were ill-treated for voicing out their grievances, against the UNHCR.

It is about time the United Nations High commission for Refugees, the Ghanaian government and the government of Liberia, consider the constant and ruthless treatment by the Ghanaian government and people very seriously and not handle this present situation the lukewarm attention accorded previous incidents. This time, the killing of  refugees by Ghanaian security apparatus mus be treated with urgency and the culprits involved in their deaths must account for their actions. The world must condemn the barbaric act and killings of refugees in foreign country by a foreign government security apparatus which suppose to protect them under  international refugee laws and conventions. There is no excuse this time around, Liberians will demand justice.

Liberians are fed up with the constant  ruthless behavior of Ghana towards Liberia, this latest situation of the killing of Liberian refugees must be the last time Ghana unleash cruelty against Liberians. From time to time, Liberians and Liberia have opened their arms to Ghana, many Ghanaians consider Liberia, their home but despite the warmth and the opportunities Ghana and Ghanaians have accrued from Liberia, Ghana and Ghanaians will always unleash cruelty against Liberia and Liberians.

The UNHCR must either immediately repatriate Liberian refugees back home to their country or resettle them to another country because their  lives and safety are threatened the government of Ghana that suppose to protect them.

The Ghanaian President, John Mills and his security must account for the death of Liberian refugees in Ghana and undermining international migration laws and refugee conventions.

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  1. Oh!what s big shame Ghana had brought to all the Liberian and the world in this time as we are in this bad time in Ghana what is going on in this country ?this is very ,very bad as we all seen this with our eyes and they are saying that it was not truth that the police killed people why should they lie for?Liberian let us stand and call on God in this face to face war that Ghana had brought to the Refugees ?this is not too much talking but the best way out and let us not for get God in this issue and talk to God.But what Ghana did is very,very bad and they are not saying the true but one day God will meet them and it will be very late for them to say anything in their life,let’s hold in PEACE and allow God to take his stand,but with God all things are possible but with Ghana all is very bad in their mind and heart oh bad people and calling on God day and night with not having Godly mind but to kill people.Oh long live the Refugees and it’s good people as we look up to God and his people.BUT GOD WILL MEET YOU ALL THAT KEEP DOING THIS TO THE LIBERIANS ONE WILL NOT BE LEFT OUT.YOUR CHILDREN CHILDREN,CHILDREN GOD IS COMING NOT THE NIGHT BUT IN THE DAY LIGHT TO YOU ALL GHANAIAN.

    Thanks
    Liberians

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  2. We Liberians have to stand up and do something to evil act like this we don’t have to always wait on gov’t.Every Liberians should be marching in Ghana right now.

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  3. Who is telling the truTth, it is the refugee or the police? It is so sad that police of that country will lie. Where is the world body on this act of lawlessness ? are Liberians not humans like the Ghanaian ? Tthere are so many of them in our country . What make them untouchable? Who they think they are anyway? The country is just a big scam country . The UNHCR must either immediately repatriate Liberian refugees or the Ghanaian President, John Mills and his security must account for the death of Liberian refugees in Ghana and for undermining international migration laws and refugee conventions. Opportunities provided to the refugees but converted those opportunities to Ghanaians depriving the refugees who are in dying need

    This latest incident, is yet another of the several tensions and uneasiness between Liberian refugees and Ghanaian authorities. In 2009, similar incident took place between Ghanaian authorities and several Liberian refugees many of whom were woman, they were ill-treated for voicing out their grievances, against the UNHCR.

    It is about time the United Nations High commission for Refugees, the Ghanaian government and the government of Liberia, consider the constant and ruthless treatment by the Ghanaian government and people very seriously and not handle this present situation the lukewarm attention accorded previous incidents. This time, the killing of refugees by Ghanaian security apparatus must be treated with urgency and the culprits involved in their deaths must account for their actions. The world must condemn the barbaric act and killings of refugees in foreign country by a foreign government security apparatus which suppose to protect them under international refugee laws and conventions. There is no excuse this time around, Liberians will demand justice.

    Liberians are fed up with the constant ruthless behavior of Ghana …. is the refugee life is not ok to be used as goat or fish or pigs or cow ect ect . Are we not humans like them ? Where is the GOLDY MAN and WOMAN in that country ?

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  4. What is the response of the government of Liberia? We’ll wait and see

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