Source: The Analyst (Monrovia)
After two decades of living in Liberia, 300 former Sierra Leonean refugees have been conferred Liberian citizenship as countries around the world marked World Refugee Day on 20 June. The former refugees took the Oath of Allegiance at Criminal Court “B” at the Temple of Justice which houses the Supreme Court of Liberia.
“The total number is 1,488 for which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave a waiver. But we have done 300. We will continue until all the former Sierra Leonean refugees that opted for naturalization go through the process to take the oath,” remarked the Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Wheatonia Y. Dixon Barnes. “It was a very tedious process that required a lot of hard work. We thank the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for supporting the process. We are happy that our brothers and sisters that came over to Liberia since the early 1990s are now citizens”.
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