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3,500 Sierra Leoneans Become Liberians
David Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent

TUBMANBURG, May 9 (LINA) - The Integration Officer and Head Fiel Officer for Region Two of the Liberia Refugee, Repatriation, Resettlement
Commission (LRRRC), Boimah Quaye, has disclosed that 3,500 Sierra Leoneans refugees have been granted Liberian citizenship.

Mr. Quaye said they are being hosted in three communities in housing units built for that purpose in Region II.

Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Thursday at his Tubmanburg office, Mr.Quaye said 100 units were built in Sasstown, Bomi County, 225 units in Senjeh, Grand Cape Mount, while 75 units were built in Tenneh, Grand Cape Mount County.

He said all the units that were built have been occupied by the former Sierra Leoneans.

He said they are considered former Sierra Leoneans because they have decided to relinquish their Sierra Leonean citizenship to become citizens of Liberia.

Mr. Quaye told the LINA Correspondent in Bomi County that the units were built by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) and the
African Development Bank.

He said each of the 400 units built in the three communities in Region II costs US$3,600 each, bringing the total cost of the 400 units to US$144,000.

Mr. Quaye also revealed that 20% of units built in any of the communities went to the community people as their benefit because they provided the land.

Mr. Quaye said the units were given to the people free, adding that they will be considered owners of the units as long as they live in the country peacefully.

He said about 2,000 family heads are residing in the units in the three communities.
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