Monrovia and its environs seem to have become a haven for homeless people. Could the current spike in poverty and other socio-economic hardships in the country have something to do with it?
Regrettably, over the years, the Social Welfare Division at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has not shown any concrete and practical commitment to addressing the plight and of homeless people.
During a weekend tour of some parts of greater Monrovia and its immediate surroundings, it was observed that some Liberians and foreign residents were spotted on some street corners.
Ministry of Health sources told the Daily Observer over the weekend, that the entity continues to receive budgetary appropriations for the social and welfare components, but mentally deranged and homeless people continue to languish on streets throughout the country.
Many homeless and mentally-ill Liberians have attributed their current conditions to the harsh economic conditions in the country.
They further explained that over the years, the MOHSW has not been able to respond to the critical needs of the homeless.
“We need help and humanitarian assistance from all well meaning Liberians to prevail on the relevant authorities to address the plight of underprivileged Liberians,” some of the homeless people pleaded.
Some of them claimed that they were homeless owing to financial constraints.
In separate interviews with the Daily Observer over the weekend, some of the homeless people called on the Liberian Government and charity support groups in the country to initiate programs aimed at addressing their socio-economic conditions.
One homeless Liberian, David Morton, in the Slipway Community, said his condition was desperate and needed assistance from any source or organization in the country.
“I’m now homeless because my house was destroyed by fire last year. As a result, my family continues to remain destitute,” Morton indicated.
A homeless woman from the Paynesville Red-light Market, Madam Elizabeth Morris, noted that she and her family of eight persons were rendered homeless when their 25-year-old mud house collapsed and due to financial constraints they are unable to find funds for reconstruction.
“I wish to call our lawmakers and policy makers to prevail on the MOHSW and other stakeholders in the health sector to implement the social and welfare components of the Ministry of Health,” Madam Morris pleaded.