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Inland Church Vs. Poro Society in Nimba

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Members of the Liberia Inland Church in Saclepea, Nimba County have filed a legal suit against the Poro Society in the county for forcibly initiating one of their members into the traditional school in Leesonnoh Kpeikpoah, near Karnwee Town on the Ganta-Saclepea highway in electoral district# 8.

The action by the Inland Church in Sacleapea came after one of its members went missing from the town for the past two weeks.

Tension is brewing in the area following the action by the leadership of the Liberia Inland Church, demanding the Poro Society to produce the living body of 45 years old Joseph Saye.

News of the forceful initiation of Joseph Saye was broken by one of his friends from Leesonnoh Kpeikpoah where the accident allegedly occurred, and subsequently reported the matter to the Church.

This paper gathers that despite Ministry of Education’s mandate for schools across the country to open on September 3, for 2018-2019 academic period, school-age kids in Nimba are being forcibly initiated in Poro and Sende societies, traditional schools for male and females, creating problems in the county.

Recently, County Education Officer Moses S. Dologbay called on those involved in such practices to desist as they were obstructing the kids’ education process.

In the traditional schools, both children and adults are taught basic family leadership and home upkeep, including responsibilities for husbands and wives.

CEO Dologbay stressed it was time for children to be in formal school rather than traditional education.

Meanwhile, members of the Poro Society and the Liberia Inland Church met in Karnwee Town Wednesday to see how the matter could be addressed.

It is not certain whether the Church and the Poro members will agree to let Joseph Saye out or allow him to graduate from the bush school.

By Thomas Domah/Nimba-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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