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Liberia: UNHCR mourns implementing partner director's death

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Liberia: UNHCR mourns implementing partner director's death

11 March 2003

UNHCR has learned with shock and sadness of the killing of the Adventist Relief and Development Agency's (ADRA) Norway director, Kaare Lund, during a rebel attack in the east of Liberia on 28 February. Mr. Lund had been originally reported as missing but last Sunday ADRA learned that he had been killed.

The deaths of his two colleagues Emmanuel Sharpolu, ADRA's country director for Liberia, and chief driver Musa Kita, were already reported a week ago. The three were on their way to visit a Norwegian-funded refugee shelter project in the area of Toe Town when they were killed.

ADRA is an implementing partner of UNHCR responsible for the construction of campsites for the Ivorian refugees. Nearly 40,000 Ivorian refugees have arrived in Liberia, since fighting broke out in western Côte d'Ivoire late last year, together with 45,000 Liberians previously living in Côte d'Ivoire and 13,000 other West African nationals. UNHCR and its NGO partners are assisting them with shelter, domestic items and health care as well as onward transportation home for the Liberians. The 28 February attack has disrupted humanitarian activities in Liberia's eastern border regions.