Inmates at the Sua koko Leprosy Rehabilitation Center have informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about the deplorable conditions they face. About 15 inmates holding placards with inscriptions told the Liberian leader that they had been neglected by the government and were living without healthcare, safe drinking water and conducive housing facilities.
Speaking through their Town Chief John Yarkpawolo, the Sua koko Leprosy Rehabilitation Center inhabitants appealed to the Liberian leader to instruct the requisite Ministries and agencies to help them regain their livelihood.
The Town chief also openly criticized Electoral District #5 Representative Edward Karfiah for doing nothing to restore their livelihood. The President, who was a visiting guest of the Cuttington University, expressed regrets, pledging to promptly look into the plights of the inmates of that community.
The Lepers and their relatives were trucked to the university campus by Rights Advocate Stephen Kennedy, who is on record of threatening to go on hunger strike if the people’s plights were abandoned.
Kennedy termed the President’s intervention as a dream come true- a manifestation that his advocacy has yielded some fruits. Mr. Kennedy said the journey of redemption for the Suakoko Leprosy Rehabilitation Center was still incomplete, until the Liberian government did what was required to help the needy.