Liberian families in Ghana: The implications of family demands and capabilities for return to Liberia.

 In the summer of 2007, focus groups and interviews were conducted with Liberian refugee women living in Buduburam Refugee Camp, Ghana. The purpose of this study was to learn about the daily experiences of families in protracted refugee situtations, and their perceptions of return to Liberia. The results offer a glimpse of the demands placed on families remaining as protracted refugees, and how their capabilities to meet these demands came predominantly through adapted livelihood strategies, the support of their Christian communities, and the hope for a better future through their children’s education. The results suggest that these refugees’ perceptions of return to Liberia were influenced by their current socio-economic vulnerability in Ghana, and their experiences of violence and trauma during the Liberian civil war.

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