The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in collaboration with the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) Kenema office, has handed over a rehabilitated football field and sporting equipment to the Jembe community in Bo district.
The football kit, which included four volley balls, four footballs, two goal post nets, two goal posts erected at the newly rehabilitated field, four sets of football jerseys, two flags, and two whistles.
Speaking at the ceremony the head of the UNHCR sub-office in Kenema, Gabriel Mbaku, thanked the people of Baoma chiefdom for serving as hosts for two refugees camps in the chiefdom. He said since the local rehabilitation and reintegration started in 2007, chiefdoms and communities that had helped to host the refugees had been considered greatly by UNHCR and NaCSA in terms of development programs.
Gabriel Mbaku noted that they had implemented the quick impact project, which he said accompanied the activities of local integration.
Mr Gabriel maintained that they had built 130 toilets in 13 locations and two locations in Teyama and Kambama where they had rehabilitated two schools.
He further stated that in three locations: Tobamda, Largo and Teyama, they were building staff quarters for health workers and another sport field was being rehabilitated in Largo.
Earlier the chairman of the ceremony, Moriba Foday who is the relief and resettlement officer of NaCSA in his statement, said the host communities were worried about the repatriation whether UNHCR and NaCSA would honour their obligation even though series of programmes were made up to them. One of the refugees, Timothy Nyeko, thanked NaCSA and UNHCR for their gesture.
He noted that there had always been unity between the refugees and host communities, and assured the two organizations that the items would be used for their intended purposes.