Guinea, Refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone.txt
Liberian refugees in Guinea.
01. Some 700,000 Liberians fled to neighbouring countries when civil war erupted in late 1989.
Ten years on, Guinea still hosts some 115,000 Liberian refugees, the majority of whom are
expected to repatriate in 1999. This slide shows a school and a well funded by UNHCR for refugees
in the Nzerekore region close to the Liberian border.
02. Most of the Liberian refugees who fled to Guinea were able to settle with the local
population. Here, a refugee is helping with the coffee harvest. Daro, Macenta region.
03. Metal work and car repair are among the subjects taught at the Technical Education Centre
in Gueckedou. The school was set up by UNHCR and the German aid agency, GTZ (Gesellschaft
Technische Zusammenarbeit) in order to teach refugees a skill which will allow them to make
an income once they return to Liberia.
04. UNHCR-funded projects for the Liberian refugees in Guinea include food production. This
slide shows a rice plantation near the Baala Transit Centre in the Nzerekore region.
05. UNHCR began a large-scale repatriation campaign for Liberian refugees in late 1997. Here,
refugees are registering for voluntary return at the Daro refugee site in the region of
06. Some 170 trucks are required for the Liberian repatriation campaign. Shown here are returnees
leaving the Baala Transit Centre near Diecke, Nzerekore region.
Sierra Leonean Refugees in Guinea.
07. During a campaign of atrocities which began in 1998, Sierra Leonean rebels mutilated
thousands of civilians in a bid to gain their loyalty through terror. UNHCR provides therapy
and medical aid, including artificial limbs, to dozens of the victims who fled to Guinea.
08. Same general caption as 7) above. This slide shows a mutilation victim receiving help at
the National Pediatric Centre in Conakry.
09. In April 1999, about 350,000 Sierra Leonean refugees were living in more than 60 sites
in Guinea. Most fled in 1998 and stopped in the border area immediately after reaching safety.
This slide shows one of the sites in the Gueckedou region.
10,11. Women and children make up at least 75 percent of the Sierra Leonean refugee population.
Funding is sought for projects such as vocational training and income-generating activities
for women and recreational activities for children. Gueckedou region.
12. Women and children make up at least 75 percent of the Sierra Leonean refugee population.
Here, women are busy helping to build a Women's Centre at one of the refugee sites in the
01,08 UNHCR/P. Stromberg
02,03,05 UNHCR/B. Clarke
04,06,09,11 UNHCR/L. Jackson
07 UNHCR/C. Perthius
10,12 UNHCR/C. Schurpf