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Handicapped Group Cries of Abandonment

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Over 300 physically challenged persons under the group Mission of Hope in Johnsonville Township, lower Montserrado County have accused government of abandoning them. They claimed the authorities here have forgotten them despite their contributions to the country and people during useful years.

Victor Wilson, Head of the Mission of Hope said the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare provides about US$200.00 periodically for their upkeep, but the amount is insufficient.

“What can US$200.00 do for over 300 persons? Many times we go to bed hungry or sometimes eat once a day because we don’t have it and what is being allotted is not enough,” Wilson told the media in the area.

Members of the group lamented their plight after they received 50 bags of rice and other assorted items from an organization called The Brotherhood of Marja through the effort of a former legislative aspirant Jimmy Smith of Montserrado County District Two.

John Beah, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Brotherhood of Marja told the malnourished handicapped it was disheartening to see people who labored for their country for years to feel abandoned.

“I almost shed tears when I got out of the car upon arrival. Because I could not believe what I saw of the disabled people as their condition looks so horrible,” Beah noted.

He said it was a surprise to seen people, who at some moments in their respective lives contributed immensely to the nation to currently live in a sorrowful condition at their old age.

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