GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it has completed the repatriation of tens of thousands of Liberians nearly a decade after the end of its devastating civil war.
Agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming says the final 724 Liberians returned home from Guinea on the last weekend of 2012. Fleming said the agency arranged convoys and flights to help the 155,000 Liberian refugees who wanted to go home since its return program began in 2004.
The United Nations still maintains 8,500-strong peacekeeping force to stabilize the West African nation following 14 years of civil war, which ended in 2003, and which sent about 250,000 refugees fleeing.
Some refugees spent more than two decades in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Gambia. Liberia now hosts some 67,000 Ivorian refugees.