President Edwin J. Barclay was reputed to have been one of the world’s most intelligent men, and one of its five fastest readers. He was a lawyer, politician, statesman, a poet, musician and composer. But he was not an economist.
President Dr. Christian E. Baker of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now University), reflected on a constant theme when he spoke to the student body in the 1960s. He often told them they lived “in a world of strange paradoxes” (contradictions). He would then go on listing numerous paradoxes in the lives of peoples and nations.
Maternal mortality is a major reproductive issue in Liberia and Africa as a whole. The conflict-ravaged Liberian society is recovering from a devastating 14- year civil war which destroyed all of its infrastructures, including health centers and road networks.
Ever since Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) mindlessly and wickedly destroyed the Mount Coffee Hydro-electric plant and the water system at White Plains, the Liberian nation and people have been woefully and painfully deprived of electricity and water. This has resulted in great suffering and even deaths, in addition to all the other senseless and ruthless killings that went on during the war which Taylor started on Christmas eve, 1989.
That is what Mr. Charles Allen, new Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), has pledged to do. But why, when over the past seven years that key corporation has been staffed by people who should have known what they were doing and long since provided sufficient pipe borne water to greater Monrovia?
At a certain point in His ministry, Jesus visited a city called Nain, where the only son of a widow had just died. When he saw the weeping mother, surrounded by many mourners, He had compassion on her. Jesus went straight away to the coffin and commanded the young man to “arise!” Immediately the young man sat up and began to speak.
Go to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center any day and you will see that many, if not most, of the patients in the Trauma (shock, distress) Ward are victims of motorbike accidents. In all too many of these accidents, the victims are not lucky (blessed) to make it to the hospital alive. Quite often they reach there, yes, only to be announced DOA (dead on arrival).