In the wake of the ongoing Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, LRRRC profiling exercise in collaboration with The Liberia Media for Democratic Initiative (LMDI), the LRRRC has disclosed initial profiling report recommending half way restitution including compensation for the more than sixteen million dollars to the victims.
At the same time the report recommended and observed that 75 percent of the 5, 800 acres of land in dispute at FENDELL belong to the victims while 25 percent belongs to the University of Liberia and the government by constitutional default of eminent dominance, owning 100 percent of the land.
The report followed an instruction from the government of Liberia through President George Weah for the thousands of houses, homes and aboriginal villages demolished at the FENDELL extension campus of the University of Liberia (UL) and also revealed that more than sixteen million dollars’ worth of property were wantonly destroyed, when former President ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF in 2016 encouraged and ordered through UL Vice President WEADEY KOLBAH WREH, the allege violent demolition and forceful eviction of thousands of people in violation of the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The profiling carried out by the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) in consultation with the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI), an advocate against the FENDELL demolition with the aim to appraise the properties already destroyed for a durable solution, unveils that more than 13 thousand people were directly affected by forceful eviction and massive displacement from their homes houses and villages.
During the LRRRC led profiling which lasted from February 13, 2019 to present, the LRRRC uncovered that the demolition and massive displacement of the people flagrantly failed to observe all acceptable and required standards of humanitarian Relocation Action Plan or RAP.
The profiling report made public at an open validation at the weekend involving more than 500 of the FENDELL demolition victims further revealed that a combined 70 percent of women and children were direct victims of the demolition and that most of such women and children are disproportionate risks such as WASH related diseases, Malaria, sexually transmitted disease (STD’S), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’S) and other illnesses.
The report found out that the thousands of FENDELL demolition victims are still massively displaced and are struggling to seek shelters with friends and relatives in very harsh and unbearable conditions.
The report at the same time called the demolition and its attending harsh conditions for the victims a humanitarian crisis that needs urgent attention.
The profiling came as a result of an instruction from President George WEAH in February of 2019 following a meeting with the FENDELL demolition victims at which he agreed to dialogue with the FENDELL victims in finding a durable solution to their suffering resulting from the violent demolition of their homes and subsequent forceful eviction and massive displacement by former president ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF through UL VP WEADE KOLBAH WREH.
Now that the report has been released, the actual implementation of the recommendations to ensure the revival of the people still remains a concern for the thousands of victims as currently the many victims to include: men, women and children are still battling to resettle in life since the 2016 demolition process by the past regime as the vast lands are now a huge forest unlike in the past.