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About Liberian Community of South Australia (LICOSA)

Liberian Community of South Australia, LICOSA Liberian Community of South Australia (LICOSA) Liberian Community of South Australia (LICOSA) was established in the year 2002 purposely to preserve our national identity and most importantly our rich cultural values. Liberians in South Australia at the time were about 12 adults and 7 children. There was a strong sentiment that the Liberian community was going to grow. Mrs Augustina Thomas became the first Chairperson of LICOSA. Currently, there are over 400 Liberian families living in South Australia. Women and children are in majority. Many Liberians arriving to South Australia have come to through the Australian government offshore humanitarian entrant programme. Few Liberians have arrived under the family reunion programme recently. We have come from the background of 14 years of brutal civil conflict. The senseless war left behind a stigma; destruction of lives and infrastructures, instability of the social fabric of society, infliction of unhealable wounds and traumas, separation from families and love ones, most importantly the war undermined our self-esteem and sense of belonging. LICOSA has evolved since it foundation in 2002. We acknowledged the great contributions and the tireless efforts of the past administrations under Mrs Augustina Thomas, Mr. Ibrahim Jabateh, Mr. Thomas Gaye, Mr Reagan Bledee, and Mr Kai Fahnbulleh. Their enormous sacrifices and passion for the Liberian community have sustained LICOSA. There has been a positive image and profile of the Liberian community among CALD communities and service providers. One of the objectives of creating our own website is to reach out to the wider Australian community.
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