As Liberians celebrated Decoration Day on yesterday, March 9, there was anger over the desecration of graves by criminals, further heightening calls for government to deploy securities so as to preserve cemeteries here.
Family members and friends of the dead who had gathered specifically at the Palm Grove Cemetery were shocked at the action, said to be carried out by criminals. They accused government of failing to put in place a control mechanism to abort criminals using their loved ones graves as hideouts.
It has become a common practices here among criminals to vandalize cemeteries and take away what they see to be valuable for the purpose of taking it to the black market, regardless the deceased’s dignity.
One of the victims of desecrated grave sites, Mary Tarpeh in a very frustrated tone told this paper that she could not decorate her late husband’s grave because could not locate it.
“The way the graves are, they are built over each other and its makes it even difficult to get over to the grave site you are in search of,” Mary complained. She added that trespassers also go about intruding into people’s graves, thereby making things more difficult.
As such, Madam Tarpeh has joined others to call on government to improve security at various cemeteries across the country to help preserve the graves of people who have been buried for memory.
By NewDawn Staff