The Crusaders for Peace, a local entertainment group headed by Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador Julie Endi, has donated 50,000 Liberians dollars to the Titus family for one of the victims from the West Point shooting incident, which occurred on August 20, 2014.
Speaking Tuesday, 9 September in the densely populated township, where she had gone to launch an Ebola awareness campaign, Ambassador India said, the contribution was intended to help buttress the family’s effort to seek further medical treatment abroad for their son Titus.
Armed soldiers shot two lads on August 20th at West Point during a protest by angry residents against the government’s attempt to quarantine the township as part of measures to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
One of the victims, Sakia Kamara, subsequently died of his wounds and has since been buried. The authorities here have ordered an investigation into the incident.
The Crusaders for Peace also donated 30 fauceted buckets, soap, Clorox and other disinfectants to the township to help residents in combating the virus. The death toll from the Ebola Virus in Liberia has registered over 1,000 persons, including doctors, nurses and ordinary citizens.
Amb. Endi said her group is in solidarity with the Titus family, saying, “We cannot watch and allow the family alone to suffer without doing anything to help as a group; it is often said you must give in order to receive.”
She told reporters that the Crusaders for Peace, including the government is concerned about the safety of Liberians and others who have lost their lives since the outbreak across the country.
The Cultural Ambassador noted that the enormity of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, three member states of the Mano River Union Basin has made fighting the epidemic a global challenge that requires an effective global response to combat the virus.
She said the current outbreak is affecting the country in many ways, killing citizens and striking communities. Ambassador Endi said every Liberian has a responsibility to contribute his or her quota to the fight to eliminate the disease from Liberia. She called on the business community not to use the current situation to hike prices of basic commodities.
Receiving the donation, the father of the victim, Kissi Johnson, said it is a clear indication that people still care for his family, saying, “Whenever you are sick, those who identify with you are your real friends.”