Mirroring the TRC’s work in Liberia, The Advocates for Human Rights has a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the TRC to conduct statement taking from Liberians living throughout parts of the Diaspora. The Advocates collected statements from residents in the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. Buduburam, the largest refugee camp in Ghana, opened in 1990 to help Liberians displaced by the civil war in their home country. Currently, there are 38,000 Liberian refugees residing in this camp. The Liberian Refugee Welfare Council has been working in collaboration with The Advocates to facilitate statement taking in Buduburam.
In May 2007, The Advocates led a week-long statement taking pilot project to Buduburam. The team, along with three TRC representatives, gathered more than 160 statements. Since then, trained statement takers in Buduburam have continued taking statements from residents. The Advocates organized a subsequent trip to Ghana leading two teams of volunteer statement takers from September 21 to September 30, 2007 and September 28 to October 7, 2007. Information from interviews will be included in the TRC’s historical record.