An enraged less-fortunate man believed to be in his late 30shas threatened to get even with one of the police officers providing security protection to the ongoing COVID-19 Hot Cooked Food distribution here, after the police prevented him from receiving food twice. The free food distribution to vulnerable and less-fortunate Liberians in slum communities is being executed by JeetyTrading Corporation under the auspices of the Indian Consul General in Liberia,Shri Upjit Singh Sachdeva.
The security officer acted after it was observed the unidentified man had received food more than twice in the same place, while dozens of other needy persons stood in queue waiting to receive their share of the hot cooked food.
He unruly attempted fighting the police officer, who requested him to vacate the food distribution site, but was defiant, threatening to attack the policemen in the street of Monrovia for denying him the opportunity to take food twice. Each person appearing for the meal is only entitled to a single plate of food and a bag of mineral water. The man argued that he was not the only person going for food twice, but Police had targeted him.
The unruly behavior nearly disrupted the food distribution exercise if officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned to provide security protection had not intervened promptly.
Since the distribution of the hot cooked food started in Monrovia and its environs, several persons have been caught for receiving food more than once and were subsequently denied from receiving.
There is also indication that some recipients are selling the cooked food to the public despite warning from the distribution team to desist, as the food is not meant for sale.
Consul General Sachdeva said the gesture is service to God, vowing to complete the task God has given him to feed people, who lack the means financially to provide for themselves. The distribution has been ongoing daily in various communities, hospitals and prison centers in the capital for more than a month.
Speaking to the Voice of America this week, he said one of the greatest things human beings can do on earth is not to only love their fellowman but to also share whatsoever they have with others who cannot afford.
Mr. Sachdeva prayed that God will continue to give him strength to provide humanitarian assistance to destitute and venerable populations as a means of helping them to desist from their bad habits and do something positive.
By Emmanuel Mondaye