By Jonathan Paye-Layleh
The bodies of two Liberian aid workers have been discovered near the south-eastern town of Toe, the government has said.
People are fleeing wars in both Liberia and Ivory Coast
The bodies of Emmanuel Sharpolu and
Musa Keita, who worked for the Washington-based Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA), have been buried in the area because of their advanced
state of decomposition, Defence Minister Daniel Chea told reporters.
Kaare Lund, a visiting
Norwegian colleague of the men who was travelling
with them, appears to have been taken away by rebels
who retreated back into Ivory Coast after they
were dislodged from Toe Town.
Concerns for the three aid workers had been mounting in Liberia and internationally for the past week.
They went missing after being caught up in fighting between Liberian forces and rebels who had reportedly slipped across from Ivory Coast.
Mr Chea asked the organisation's headquarter in the capital, Monrovia, to find a way to contact the rebel Liberian United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) movement to
ascertain the whereabouts of the missing Norwegian.
The team had taken a huge sum of money into the region
to pay their local staff and inspect ongoing projects
LIBERIA'S CIVIL WAR
Unstable since 1989
Fighting spread into Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast
UN travel ban, arms embargo on leaders
Hundreds of thousands displaced
The Norwegian aid worker who heads his country's
branch of ADRA had come to Liberia to inspect
projects being undertaken by the organisation when
their vehicle ran into an ambush on Friday evening.
The incident left their vehicle marked, terribly
When I visited the ambush scene a few days ago, bodies
were scattered around the remains of the vehicle.
it could not be immediately established whether some
of bodies were those of people on board.
A Liberian soldier manning a roadblock on the highway
leading to Toe Town claimed that the vehicle in
question was stopped and advised against continuing
on to Toe Town because of fighting there.
"The driver bulldozed his way through the roadblock" and ended up in the ambush, the soldier said.
ADRA is in the south-eastern region implementing shelter programmes for the UNHCR in addressing the plight of refugees, mostly Ivorians, crossing into Liberia as a result of military hostilities in their