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New Kru Town residents express fear

Residents of the Corner West Community of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island have called for their relocation from the area over fears that they expect more destruction if government doesn’t act quickly to address longstanding erosion problems facing them.


Conner West Community Chairman Mr. Georg S. Teah told a NewDawn interview in New Kru Town Tuesday, 14 February that the community is working with government to help battle against the erosion.

He told this paper that the sea continues to cause destruction to their lives and properties. He said though government is trying to save them, they were equally working as community people to save themselves.

According to him, the D. Tweh Memorial High School Fence has been affected becausewater usually enters the fence when it rains.

Bothered by the threat posed by the erosion, Mr. Teah said residents of the Corner West Community havegathered to help government to secure the area that had been largely wiped out, mainly at the D. Tweh Memorial High Shcool.

He said his community was one of several communities in New Kru Town that
have been seriously threatened by erosion.

He thanked the Center for Environment and Development in Africa or CEDA,
which in partnership with the United Nations Development Programs or UNDP
has used rocks to black the sea.
“If this project succeeds, New Kru Town gets saved; and when New Kru Town is
saved, we are the first beneficiaries, so we see this as a great help,” Mr. Teah
said.

A member of the Corner West Community Mr. Mr. Amose Jipply claimed that the
Ministry of Public Works had asked them to clean up the beach as volunteers,
alleging that an undisclosed promise was made for that purpose.
---Editing by Winston W. Parley

Drugs destroying Liberia gradually

The head of the WATT Foundation, Watta Holmes says drug abuse is destroyingLiberia gradually, urging a need for a team work to help redeem young peoplefrom drug abuse.


She told UNMIL Radio’s Break Fast show on Tuesday, 14 February that drugs have been stuffed in candy and other food and taken into schools. Due to concerns of drugs abuse here, WATT Foundationsays it is carrying outawareness to discourage young people who are engaged in such activity.

Madam Holmes says the campaign will seek to mold the minds of Liberian youths so that they can know the effects drugs have against their lives and against the society at large. She said young people who are supposed be the future leaders of the country were victims of drug abuse.

She said her organization launched its campaign about a week ago in Paynesvilleto work with young people to raid all ghettos in Liberia. “They do not believe that it is killing and destroying the people of Liberia and weneed to speak against it now or else there will be no tomorrow, because ourfuture leaders are the ones being destroyed”, Madam Holmes said. “Government should see reason to pass drugs law. When it affects one person,the whole society feels it. It has been taken to schools through candy and otherfood stuffs, the youth are the main ones affected by this”, she added.
By Ethel A. Tweh -Editing by Winston W. Parley

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POLICE OFFICER WANTED FOR MURDER

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