Massa Kamara of Monrovia did not believe that the triplets of her late sister Musu Kamara would make it one and half years ago.
“I have six children of my own,” she told the Daily Observer in an interview, “and suddenly I have triplets, along with their older sister.”
With ten mouths to feed, “I could do nothing but to sell everything I have so that I can put food on the table.” Massa’s sister, Musu, died three months after she had the triplets.
The deceased’s husband, Abu Kamara, was somewhere in Bomi when the babies were born. And apparently not expecting triplets, family sources said when he was informed of the birth of the triplets, Abu was completely shocked.
“Three children?” he reportedly exclaimed in the telephone conversation. “Three children? Three children?” he kept asking. It became apparent that Abu’s nightmares had begun.
“He did not have a good job,” Massa recalls and with four mouths to feed, he rushed home to the family in Monrovia to make sure that the story was true.
“Abu came to see the children,” Massa said, “but he did not even wait long enough to name the children. He went away.” She says he never returned.
That was one and a half years ago.
Struggling with their upkeep, Massa said she prayed every night for God to rescue the family.
“One of my friends came to visit us at our Lynch Street house,” Massa said, “and told me that she knew someone who could help.”
That someone turned out to be Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, managing director and publisher of the Daily Observer newspaper.
Feeling compassion for the triplets and the larger issue of Massa’s now greater responsibility to feed and care for ten children “Mr. Best purchased a carton of baby food and other items for the children.”
And he has not stopped since then.
“I didn't know the woman who brought Massa to me,” Best said, “but I got to know later that she is a member of my church.”
He said the Daily Observer is aware of several such cases of triplets whose biological parents are either unable to care for them or have “run away” from them.
“I don’t know how to thank Mr. Best because he did not turn his back on us,” Massa said, “and I am using this means to tell the children’s story and to also appeal to caring organizations and people of goodwill to come to our support.”
She explained, “As they grow their needs get bigger. Food, clothes and hospital care are basics things they need.”
“My petty business is gone,” she said, “and if I can get help to start selling in the community, I can continue to care for them.”
Her final appeal: “Please call me on 0777-184-444 or contact the Daily Observer for any support you want to give the children.”