Citizens from Kparblee Administrative District in Nimba County, currently residing in the United States, have made an initial donation to victims of a recent mines disaster in Nimba.
The citizens, under the banner, Kparblee District Development Association or KPADDA, donated 20 bags of rice, as an initiation intervention.
KPADDA-Liberia Chairman and Board Chairman, Peter S. Karngbaye and Moses Zayee, respectively, made the donation on behalf of the organization on February 27, 2019, in Monrovia, at the office of Nimba County District #6 Representative, Twain Gleekia.
Karngbaye and Zayee decry the appalling situation in the aftermath of mudslide in the Kartee Gold Mines, Gboanipea town about 10 kilometers from Tappita District, Nimba County, leading to the death of about 45 illict miners.
The two bemoaned painful experience and loss of many citizens, which appears to have created some humanitarian crisis in the county.
According to them, being citizens from the same district, they, along with fellow kinsmen, decided to join efforts in donating to the victims.
Receiving the donation, the Chief of Office Staff to Rep. Gleekia, Mr. Augustus Y. Voahn, thanks the Kparblee citizens for being humanitarians and promises to onward submit same to his boss.
Voahn notes the donation might look small in the eyes, but it is great because it will address the food crisis being experienced in the affected communities.
He explains that besides food crisis, there are other needs, including medicines, safe drinking water and shelters for over 30,000 citizens in the area.
Voahn reveals that the recent incident was the second at the mines, the first being in 2018.
He recalls that last year’s incident did not claim much attention because it was at a small scale. “We thought that was the ending, but surprisingly, this happened on February 9,” he continues.
He says no one knows most of the people buried under the dirt, saying, “People from across Liberia and neighbouring countries were in the area due to the discovery of gold deposit.”
It may be recalled that on the February 9, 2019, more than 40 illegal miners died when a mudslide occurred in a village called Gboanipea, near Tappita City, District #6.
Government has since declared the area health emergency due to the pollution of corpses that could not be retrieved, with the Disaster Management Agency calling for interventions.
Since then, many organizations and individuals have been identifying with the affected communities. It is on this note and being citizens from the same district that the US-based citizens have also come in with donation to augment efforts in addressing the humanitarian crisis in the area. Editing by Jonathan Browne