ATTACKS ON RELIEF CAMPS IN LIBERIA LEAVE 4 DEAD, PROMPT
THOUSANDS TO FLEE, UN REPORTS
From: UN New York, Apr 11 2003 06:00PM
© UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news
The United Nations Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that
attacks on two camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Liberia
have killed four civilians and displaced thousands more.
On 9 April, the Wilson and Jartondoh IDP camps, which are both located
in Montserrado County, the same as the country's capital, Monrovia, were
attacked by groups of armed men. Three civilians are known to have been
killed in gunfire in Jartondoh camp and an elderly resident of the
Wilson camp was killed when her shelter caught fire after a mortar
The majority of Jartondoh camp's 18,000 residents have fled, as have
many from Wilson Camp. At least one aid worker from a non-governmental
organization (NGO) was injured in the attacks, others were forced to
help the armed groups carry away looted items and two vehicles belonging
to NGOs were stolen.
"These attacks on civilians are outrageous and are violations of
international humanitarian law," said Carolyn McAskie, the UN Deputy
Emergency Relief Coordinator. "All parties to the conflict must ensure
that attacks on civilians do not occur, and we call on the Government of
Liberia to do everything in their power to protect civilians."