River Gee County Senator Commany B. Wesseh is proposing to the Liberians Senate the need to adopt a working holiday and a national award for peace in recognition, acknowledgement and re-commitment to the restoration, consolidation and promotion of peace in Liberia.
Sen. Wesseh told the Senate on Tuesday, 11 July that for 14 years from 1989 to 2003, Liberia was engulfed in a war with itself that saw about 250,000 people or seven percent of the population dying and more than one million people being internally and externally displaced.
He says he is proposing for the kind consideration of the Senate and the entire Legislature the passage into law an Act creating a National Day of Peace to be celebrated on 18 August of each year as a working holiday.
He calls for programs of thanksgiving and of peace education that emphasize ‘’never again to war’’, based on the cause and lesson of the Liberian civil war, and of peace festivals, cultural, sporting and other activities.
The River Gee lawmaker says every family, community, village, town, and city suffered physical devastation and psychological damage, social and economic infrastructure worth hundreds of millions of US dollars destroyed and Liberia condemned to a failed state and a beggar nation as a result of the war.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley