The social unrest at the Buduburam Refugee Camp is aggravating to something more than words can actually describe. The two months ultimatum given to the foreign nationals including chiefly Liberians and Guineans, plus Nigerians and others is fully ripe and the planned demolition of the entire Buduburam township is to take place anytime from today, Friday October 1.
However, the mindsets and resolves of the residents are absolutely contrary to the directives the government through the Ministry of Local government and rural development in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service is instructing them to adhere to.
Sources from Joy News and Citi TV reporters indicate that most of the foreigners especially Liberians and Nigerians are unwilling to leave the camp as they see themselves as residents for more than two decades. Some of the foreign residents also expressed concerns about the fact that their wives and children and their entire belongings are there and so relocating is just very difficult to accept.
"As for me, my problem is why the government of Ghana would not consider particularly those of us who have families and provide something for us to at least feel safe and secured. They use to give us 400 cedis for our survival but that cannot build a house for us. We struggle to put up these structures so we ain't leaving here anytime soon," one Liberian national lamented.
"Ghana, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire are all one people. So I see no reason why the government would stand up one day and decide to demolish this refugee camp that has been built for us over two decades ago. In fact many Ghanaians also leave here. We have no place to go and so if they decide to demolish our structures, we will sleep on the streets," one other person lamented.
The Buduburam Refugee Camp was built under the presidency of the Former President, Jerry John Rawlings about some twenty years ago to accommodate displaced citizens in Liberia following series of wars and political unrest. Other foreign nationals thronged the camp and joined them including Ghanaians.
However, recent police intelligence detected and identified the Buduburam camp as a den of criminals and notorious armed robbers. This follows after two police officers were shot dead in broad daylight in the area just recently.
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