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Liberians React to Buduburam Massacre

The Editor,

We at the camp are really terrified and yet traumatized since the Sunday, February the incident, gun shots that we have since stopped hearing and seeing people dead for the past years were brought in our ears and very eyes, I saw police shooting like on a war front towards unarmed refugee,  not only refugee but west African brothers and sisters, strangers in a country where Ghana has peace keepers serving in the UN peace keeping troops called UNMIL .

This is not the first nor second time, I remember and experienced for myself when we were raided in 2000,with helicopter gunships, military, and police men.  Again in March of 2008 when women protested against the UNHCR on a football park, we were again raided and over 600 hundred women, children were sent to a prison by the then interior minister.   We were raided  on Sunday, this time blood was spilled, this is a shame and barbaric.

My question comes, who sent the Police and on what directive they came on. What information given to the commander to come on Sunday morning when people were preparing for church service, marketeers trying to sell their goods, the first shot was at 6am and people began asking what is going on that police are shooting. Oh God, you can see what is being done, war is not good, but it seem that Ghana is trying to bring on herself an untimely war.

Alex

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The Editor,

The citizens of Liberia are looking up to the Government of Liberia for drastic action against the Ghanaian government.
This should not be taken for granted as the Ghanaian are so many in Liberia and living a free  life.

Thelma L. Barnes

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The Editor,

whom is telling the true it is the refugee or the police it is so hare that police of that country to lie were is the world body on this act of lawless ? Are Liberian not human like the Ghanaian ? The are so many of them in our country . what make then on touchable .  And who they think they are any? the country is just a big scam county  The UNHCR must either immediately repatriate Liberian refugees 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. opportunities provided to the refugees but convert those opportunities to Ghanaian s 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 …. is the refugee life is not OK to be used as goat or fish or pigs or cow etc,  etc .  Are we not human like them ? Were is the GOLDY MAN and WOMAN in that country ?

Brook

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The Editor,

This is so sad to see our brothers and sisters suffer into the hands of selfish Ghanaian s and our so-called Ambassador to Ghana has no idea on how this happened.
This is to prove to the public that Liberians are placed into positions for their own selfish aim.

Thelma L. Barnes

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The Editor,

In such a modern age , Ghana security forces shooting live bullets at unarmed civilians , what a shame you have brought to your country,  a country that is upholding the tendency of democracy in Africa .what will the people in Somalia, Sunday Ivory Coast, Guinea do.  Show the LIGHT people will follow.”we are the best in Africa” GHANA!!!!!!!

Robert Watkins

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The Editor,

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

 

Nyaquoi Bowman

 

 

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  1. Ghanaians are the most selfish and devilish group of people on earth. They are pretenders and liars. That is why they still live according to their old traditional lifestyle. Making human sacrifice. Killing seven virgins at every festival. They pretend to have democracy but they are on the contrary modern day dictators. In a democratic nation people are allow to air their candid views. People like refugees cannot be kill by police in a democratic society because they air or articulate their grievances. Ghanaian love other people’s countries but do not allow people to live in their country in peace. When I heard about Ghanaians leaving Libya, I was shock. Libya is a Muslim country- what were they doing there? They are blood suckers. They love other people’s things but are very selfish. They have Liberian passports and are living in other countries. Big shame Ghana!!!!! Your time will come soon. Liberians are calling on the government of Liberia and the UNHCR to take the Liberian out of this terrible country before all of the Liberians die from suppression and depression.

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  2. Editor:

    It is quite disheartening to learn of the terrible incident that occurred at the Budubumram Refugee Camp in Ghana. Particularly troubling is the fact that after 8 years since the official end of the Liberian civil crisis, we are still seeing Liberians facing deplorable conditions as refugees in foreign countries. It is important that Liberian authorities and human rights organizations demand accountability from Ghana. However, it is also just as important that as Liberian citizens, we exercise every degree of restraint and not engage in reverse xenophobia. This implies that we don’t treat Ghanaians residing in Liberia inhumanely as reprisal for what happened to our fellow citizens in their country. In spite of our recent history with civil crises, Liberia still remains a hospitable country. We have always been known to treat our foreign guests and neighbors with human decency. A recent example is how our government and citizens have been assisting Sierra Leonean refugees to assimilate into the Liberian society. These refugees also made the personal choice of not returning to Sierra Leone but rather, make Liberia their home country.

    Historically, Ghana has long been known for its xenophobic tendencies towards other West Africans. This is a very Anti-ECOWAS sentiment which runs contrary to all the talk surrounding economic integration and currency harmonization into a single currency for all ECOWAS nations. Also, the recent introduction of the ECOWAS passport will only serve its purpose if immigration laws are also synchronized to meet internationally acceptable human rights standards. Whereas the goal of providing easy access for citizens in the sub-region to travel and engage in cross border trade and investment is a noble idea, it must also be backed by law.

    To my fellow Liberians, let this be a lesson that we never again solve our national problems through violence and war. Such experiences should also foster a heightened sense of nationalism and so that we work together to develop our country. The government should ensure that everything is done to encourage Liberians in Ghana who are still considered refugees to return home. The next budget should put aside appropriations for this important endeavor with implied national consequences. Most importantly, we need a reform of civic education that teaches the values of Liberianization and to highlight the positiveness of the Liberian socio-political and economic experience..

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  3. It is quite disheartening to learn of the terrible incident that occurred at the Budubumram Refugee Camp in Ghana. Particularly troubling is the fact that after 8 years since the official end of the Liberian civil war, we are still seeing Liberians facing deplorable conditions as refugees in foreign countries. It is important that Liberian authorities and human rights organizations demand accountability from Ghana. However, it is just as important that as Liberian citizens, we exercise every degree of restraint and not engage in reverse xenophobia. This implies that we don’t treat Ghanaians residing in Liberia inhumanely as reprisal for what happened to our fellow citizens in their country. In spite of our recent history with civil crises, Liberia still remains a very hospitable country. We have always been known to treat our foreign guests and neighbors with human decency. A recent example of this is how our government and citizens in general have been assisting Sierra Leonean refugees of the war assimilate into the Liberian society. These refugees also made the personal choice of not returning to Sierra Leone but make Liberia their home. Historically, Ghana has long been known for its xenophobic tendencies towards other West Africans. This is a very Anti-ECOWAS sentiment which runs contrary to all the talk about economic integration and currency harmonization into a single currency for all ECOWAS nations. Also, the recent introduction of the ECOWAS passport will only serve its purpose if immigration laws are also synchronized to meet internationally acceptable human rights standards. Whereas the goal of providing easy access for citizens in the sub-region to travel and engage in cross border trade and investment is a noble idea, it must also be backed by law.

    To my fellow Liberians, let this be a lesson that we never again solve our national problems through violence and war. It should also foster a heightened sense of nationalism and so that we work together to develop our country. The government should ensure that everything is done to encourage Liberians in Ghana who are still considered refugees to return home. The next budget should put aside appropriations for this important endeavor with national consequences. But lastly, we need a reform of civic education that teaches the values of Liberianization or the pride of being a Liberian.

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