At least 1,500 inhabitants of the Municiple Borough of New Kru Town outside Monrovia will today, Tuesday, 6 July petition President George M. Weah, the House of Representatives, and the United States Embassy near the capital over sea erosion and other issues affecting their lives. In recent days rise in the sea wave has left residents of Largon Community situted after the Jewel Howard-Taylor School homeless.
The situation affected dozens of children when erosion swept their parents’ houses constructed several years ago, including school materials, among others. Making the disclosure to this paper over the weekend, a prominent son of the comunity Robert Teah disclosed that most of the victims are currently being housed at the Juah Sarwee Memorial Welfare Institute.
He said the institution provides free and compulsory education to over 1,742 vulnerable students for several years now thereby, easing the financial burdens of parents. According to Mr. Teah, he accommodate some of the erosion victims in early April and has been catering to them through the goodwill of some individuals but he is being constrained because the assistance is no longer coming.
He said to him, several instructional staffers under the Borough Schools Teachers Association or BOSTA along with affected students and their parents will form part of the petitioning ceremony.
He added that the intent of the petition is to draw government’s attention to the growing wave of destruction that continues that continues to uproot and frustrate less-fortunate residents.
“We will petition President Weah first and later move to the Capitol Building and also petittion our lawmakers and then present copy of the petition to the united States Embassy accredited near Monrovia”, Teah explained.
Meanwhile, some of the victims who spoke to this paper, said they find life very unbearable now as they and their children hardly get food to sustin themselves. At the sametime, sea erosion has destroyed the D. M. Mmac. Bee Christian School System being operated by the Refuge Baptist Fellowship Church in the borough.
The previous Liberian administration under Ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirlefa implemented a coastal defence project in the Borough of New Kru Town to contain the sea wave from consuming residents’ homes and properties, but the current administration is yet to reactivate said project.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne