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Proposed children’s village turns sex ground

By: Emmanuel wise Jipoh 

Residents of Cooper Farm, Fendell Community, along the Montserrado-Kakata highway are living in panic over the proliferation of criminal gangs and commercial sex workers in the abandoned Liberia Crusaders for Peace Children’s Village in Fendell.

Speaking to The NEW DAWN on Friday, January 27, a female resident of the community Musu Kpakai, said community dwellers are worried about the growing presence of criminals inside the abandoned building.

She revealed the facility has turned to ground for sex harlots, most of them young women, and a hideout for criminals, particularly zogoes.

Madam Kpakai continued that residents of Cooper Farm, Fendell Community, are living in fear of attacks from criminals occupying the abandoned structure. 

“This building you see has turned into a ghetto and hideout for the zogos, where they go to smoke drugs and harass people. The area is also used by prostitutes, a place where men go for short time. In front there, the ‘hopojoe’ can be standing, you cannot easily pass in front there in the night when you’re not a gang member”, she said.

”Besides, by the time it is late night hours, the place becomes fearful for dwellers of the community,” Patience, another resident, narrates.

On Saturday, April 8, 2006, former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) secretariat, headed by Culture Ambassador Julie Endee, broke grounds for the construction of what is supposed to be the largest Liberian-owned Children’s Village in Fendell Community, along the Kakata highway.

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The proposed headquarters of the Crusaders for Peace is situated on approximately six (6) acres of land with an estimated value of $500,000 United States dollars, aimed at catering to thousands of war-affected Liberian children, which is yet to be completed.

Due to the current situation, the proposed LCP culture village now serves as a haven for criminals, leaving the LCP Secretariat to squat in a squeezed-up, rented building at Capitol bye-pass, Central Monrovia.

In July 2006, the same year of the groundbreaking of the project, the West African Telecommunication Company through its General Manager then, Mr. Jonathan Medugno, donated $10,000 United States Dollars towards the project, likewise, several other humanitarian organizations provided support.

Later in 2019, a Nigerian Prophetess, Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi, of the Love of Christ Generation Church, on a historic visit to Liberia, donated 20,000 United States dollars, to the project, as part of a US 270,000 in cash and kind to several disabled organizations in Liberia, working to advance peace and security.

Culture Amb. Julie Endee, lauded the Nigerian Prophetess and assured that the 20,000USD donation will be used to speed up work on the village; couple with the organization’s raffle draw to enable the theatre usage which she said would generate more money for its completion.

Amb. Endee was heard saying; “When people ask me Julie when the village will be completed, I usually laugh and tell them it will take time because there is no source of funding to get the work done, often times I take money from my performance and get donations to do the village construction project.”     

Ambassador Endee then lauded Rev. Mother Ajayi for the donation and promised rigorous work and transformation, to ensure that the project is completed, adding “In one month’s time I want you to go and see the level of work done at the village project.

Since she made that promise in 2019, nearly four years now, the proposed Liberia Crusader Peace (LCP) headquarters is nowhere near completion. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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