Former Information Minister Lawrence K. Bropleh says the United States President Barrack Obama and all of his troops plus the US$1b being mobilized by the World Health Organization cannot save Liberia from Ebola, if the minds and attitudes of Liberians are not changed.
Rev. Dr. Bropleh spoke on Sunday, 28 September as chief launcher of an anti-Ebola awareness campaign in the Doe Community on Bushrod Island, where he and several others, including NewDawn’s Staff Reporter Winston W. Parley and his elder sister Rev. Esther S. Parley-eh were awarded certificates of honor for their distinct services to society.
“We can do everything we do in Liberia; for now the World Health Organization, President Obama himself can come with all of his troops, the one billion that the world is mobilizing to fight Ebola can arrive in containers, we can build all of the treatment centers, but if Liberians do not change their minds and attitudes, all of the one billion dollars will be for nothing,” said Dr. Bropleh.
The US has committed 3000 troops to Liberia, in addition to financial and logistical aid aimed at combating the deadly Ebola virus, and part of that troop has begun arriving here.
After being certificated Motivational Speaker of the Year by the Miami 108 Political and Social Club, Dr. Bropleh, also an Attorney-at-Law, stressed that Liberia was under attack “not because of what it didn’t or cannot do,” but suggested that “we must strategize and become effective” on how… “we re-adjust to face the future.”
He frowned at those, he said, were discussing the faults and mistakes that have brought “us to where we are,” while others were “honestly fighting Ebola.”
Also certificated News Reporter of the Year, co-honoree Winston W. Parley of the New Dawn Newspaper expressed the belief that there would be no better time for any politician or humanitarian to serve humanity through concrete actions than during this horrible crisis period in Liberia and the sub-region.
Mr. Parley appreciated Miami 108 Political and Social Club for directing its activities toward anti-Ebola awareness campaign, and suggested the need to be persuasive in discouraging denials and protests over sick or dead persons in some quarters that, he noted, continue to endanger others’ lives.
The group also awarded Rev. Esther S. Parley- eh, the founder of the Conquerors A.G. Church, as Hard Working Pastor of the Year; and also awarded youth activist Mr. Michael D. Tipayson Youth Activist of the Year.
The honorees gave inspirational messages after certification, and made financial contributions, led by Dr. Bropleh to help the anti-Ebola awareness team, followed by a mini ground- breaking ceremony was held.