Reported starvation has engulfed Cow Farm Community and surrounding villages in Zota District, Bong County, after citizens there abandoned their farms for several months for fear of a murderer who was on the run.
Farmers in the area were said to have stopped going on their farms for about three months when murder convict Moses Porkpah murdered his wife Doris Yahn in June and fled into the bush.
Fears intensified in the region after defendant Pokpah additionally shot two traditional hunters, resulting to the amputation of one of the victims’ legs following profuse bleeding.
Farms were abandoned and local produce got damaged when Forkpah waged havoc and fled into the bush. After being arrested by inhabitants of Gbarnga-saquelleh, Porkpah was charged by police in Bong for murder and sent to court. During the opening of the trial, Porkpah earlier admitted to committing the crime and appealed for forgiveness.
Jurors later passed a unanimous guilty verdict against the defendant, pending the judge’s ruling. Residents of the town and other surrounding villages were said to have received some food items from political institutions. Our correspondent says since the elections ended, residents of Cow Farm Community and its environs have been abandoned, evidenced by the reported food shortage there.
The starvation has left some children living in the community malnourished due to lack of food. “We never had chance to go to the bush to make farm during the situation, and our farms turned to bush because we were not going there for about four months,” Korto Mulbah, a mother of five children told our correspondent sorrowfully.
She said during the situation, people used to donate food and nonfood items to them, adding that since Moses’ arrest, they are yet to get any food from the government or philanthropist group.
Also speaking to this paper, Amos Nuchan, one of the traditional hunters whose leg was amputated after being shot by Pokpah, called on the Liberian government to quickly help he and and his family.
He says if government does not help, he and his family will die from starvation, noting: “When I was not disable, I used to make farm and find food for my children, send them to school and take them to hospital when there was a need.” But he says he is now helpless and has nothing to do, appealing in tears for government’s intervention.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley