The Buduburam Refugee Settlement, formerly Liberian Camp was founded in 1990 during the heat of the Liberian Civil crisis under the Leadership of His Excellency Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, then President of Ghana. The Camp is located 45 Kilometers away from Ghana’s capital, Accra and in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region.
It has since being manned by a Settlement Manager who is the official representative of the Government with supervision by the Ghana Refugee Board. The inhabitants of the community were originally farmers until the arrival of refugees from Liberia.
UNHCR estimated that about 46,000 refugees from Liberia had settled at the camp. Since then, they have had an informal integration with the community and the farming activities had been concerned with producing foodstuff for sales to the refugees. The refugee camp itself has been officially closed down as UNHCR has withdrawn all services previously benefited by the community. Thousands of refugees have been repatriated to Liberia though returnees’ complaints of lack of funds to enable them to start a new beginning. Based on feedback from these returnees, some opted to officially integrate into the Ghanaian society citing various reasons such as:
- Lack of funds for a new beginning upon their return to Liberia.
- Loss of connecting families with whom they could stay to start lives. This is because the over twenty (20) years of exile life strongly supports the evidence that most of these young ones were either
- brought to Ghana at a tender age or were born here
- Fear of unknown Presently, hundreds of these children who could have been processed into responsible upbringing are loitering around the settlement aimlessly
As social workers with firsthand experience of the situation, we deem it fit to create a brighter future for these children by providing them the opportunity to pursue their various aspirations in life. We do so, knowing that, if they should grow up to become morally, physically and professionally skillful, they would meaningfully contribute to upholding peace and development in Liberia and the sub-region. Anything else is a threat to society. The expansion of Ghana’s capital city, because of the growing population in the country, has experienced development in the area.
However, the development of the area has had little or no direct impact on the lives of these children as far as education is concerned. We believe that children are the most vulnerable members of society. Their vulnerability is most of the time the result of decisions and actions of adults in society.
Our responsibility as a social institution is to serve as the voice for these voiceless children by appealing to you, the donor agencies, philanthropists and well-wishers for your social, moral, physical and financial support to help grow these children into responsible adulthood.