Peace Liberia, a local group ends a day-long training for over 25 youths in Harper City, Maryland County, southeast Liberia. The participants drawn from over 10 communities in Harper, were taught leadership, peace building, conflict resolution, and volunteerism skills.
Speaking in an interview with the New Dawn in Harper, executive director Richlue Morlu, says the essence of the exercise is to build the capacity of youth to take up responsibilities in their respective communities as a means of fostering peace and development.
The local organization recently constructed and turned over a realm to the people of Old Kru town community in Harper that is now allowing cars and motor bikes to freely enter the community and come out.
Director Morlu encourages young people in the county to get involved with volunteerism, adding that it provides better opportunities. He says with the departure of UNMIL and national security now in the hands of government, peace could only be sustained if young people in the country were taught leadership, peace building, conflict resolution and volunteerism skills.
He discloses that Peace Liberia is expected to conduct similar workshop for wayward youth commonly referred to here as ‘Zogoes’, promising to transform them into useful citizens in society. One of the participants, Patience Howard, lauds Peace Liberia for the initiative, to become an ambassador in her community.
“I will make sure to push the issue of leadership, peace building, conflict resolution, and volunteerism to my peers in Bassa Community and trust me, beginning today, I will work with colleagues in my area for development”, she pledges.
In another development, director Morlu adds that his organization has earmarked the rehabilitation of the back road leading to the J.J. Dossen Memorial and Referral hospital through Bassa Community in Harper, and wants to recondition it for the use of citizens going to the health facility to seek treatment as well as vehicles and motor bikes plying that route.
He laments that the present condition of the road is deplorable, constraining citizens to take the long route during case of emergency to seek medication at the hospital.
He puts the cost of the rehabilitation, which includes digging of drainages and grading, among others, at over US$400, and calls on well-meaning Marylanders, Liberians generally and humanitarian organizations to support the road rehabilitation project slated to kick off shortly to provide relief to citizens in at least 10 communities in Harper.
By George K. Momo/ Maryland-Editing by Jonathan Browne