LKW Liberia

Friday, 10. August 2012

Trucks for Liberia: Caritas International supplies more than 2,700 families with relief supplies

Decades of mismanagement and 14 years of civil war have made Liberia one of the poorest countries in the world. In neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire, after the presidential elections of 2010, many Ivorians fled to the border regions of Liberia. Currently (August 2012) there are 110,000 Ivorian refugees in the River Gee, Maryland and Grand Gedeh districts alone. Neither the Liberian state nor the host families have the means to meet the needs of the refugees or give them a perspective.

In four districts in the southeast of Liberia, Caritas Cape Palmas is providing a total of more than 2,700 families with basic food, seeds and building materials for the restoration of water points in a project financed by BMZ and Caritas International, the relief organisation of German Caritas.

Due to the extremely poor road conditions in the project area, an all-wheel-drive truck is a suitable means of supplying even remote locations with relief supplies. BEGECA has had a used truck overhauled, which is now being shipped to Liberia.