A 19-year-old Liberian male, Maximore J. Wreh, was caught attempting to abruptly end his life because of several failed attempts to travel to Canada.
“I want to die…leave me to die…let me die!” a half-conscious and weak Wreh said to his father and two of his friends as they raised him off the ground in Barnersville, a community outside Monrovia, where he lives with his father.
The incident occurred on the evening of June 14 where four valium tablets were identified underneath Wreh.
The juvenile’s father, Myer K. Wreh, told a crowd watching his son’s baffling actions that Wreh had told him three days earlier that he could no longer live with his friends’ continual teasing him over an oversea travel opportunity that didn’t materialize.
“In Ghana, I applied for a skilled person’s program in Canada, but the Canadian Embassy there denied my family on a DNA result. Maximore, my biological son, was one of those affected by the embassy’s decision,” Mr. Wreh said.
“He took an overdose of the valium to cease the stress caused by the shock of the embassy’s denial and the mockery,” said one of those at the scene.
“It’s the same friends’ mockery and suicide attempts that compelled me to pull him out of Ghana, where we were living when I applied for the program, but the same things are happening in a different environment,” Mr. Wreh added.
He said his son had boasted several times to his friends that he would “be in Canada in a few weeks,” so the friends started teasing him on the Canadian High Commission’s unexpected reply.
According to his father, Maximore’s mental condition resulted from the paternity of his two siblings (Maxwell Sarba-Torh Wreh and Janice Plorgbe-Torh Wreh) his father had put on the application form as his ‘biological children.’
“The Canadian Embassy said DNA results showed that Maxwell and Janice are not connected to me by blood,” Mr. Wreh, 49, explained.
The denial letter was sent to the Wrehs by email on Monday, June 1, 2015.
Parts of it, with subject: EP00063805, read: “Dear MYER KRONWROH WREH:…This refers to your application for permanent residence in Canada as member of the Provincial Nominee Class…Your application and all of the documents you submitted in support of it have been reviewed and it appears you may not meet the requirements for immigration to Canada…There was concern that you did not disclose the true biological parents of Maxwell Sarba-Torh Wreh and Janice Plorgbe-Torh Wreh and DNA was requested. The DNA results dated April 30, 2015 confirm that you are not the biological father of the two dependants. The probability of paternity is 0 percent…”
“The Embassy gave me another chance,” said Mr. Wreh, who appeared distraught when he was speaking. “The Embassy asked me if I wanted to continue the process. I said, ‘yes.’ I told them to drop the two children and continue the process.”
But, he was again denied on August 13, 2015.
On the High Commission’s August 13 denial letter, Wreh met his lawyer Sylvester D. Rennie of Legal Watch Inc, based in Monrovia, to prepare a letter asking the High Commission to rescind their decision. The lawyer’s intervention letter was sent, via e-mail, on September 1, 2015.
On September 8, 2015, the Canadian High Commission replied to Wreh’s letter via his lawyer asking him to send a new application.
“I obeyed, but the Embassy rejected the new application,” Wreh reported.
He mentioned Regina as the name of the fiancée, who had told him he was responsible for the pregnancies that resulted in the births of Maxwell and Janice.
In an August 30, 2015 notarized statement titled: “Confession of Sarah Torh,” Sarah, who is Regina’s sister, stated that Maxwell Torh and Janice Torh are not the biological offspring of Myer K. Wreh. Part of the document stated: “My people, I called you here today to say something very important…my…sister Regina lied to Myer because of his loving kindness…She got pregnant for a different man before getting into an active relationship with Myer…She frequently warned me not to narrate story of the children to Myer, threatening that if I do, we will become enemies for life.”
When the Embassy requested reapplication from Myer, which he said he did in his lawyer’s appeal to the Embassy, he sent a copy of Sarah’s confession with the reapplication. “But the Embassy rejected my reapplication along with Sarah’s confession statement,” he said.
Wreh said before he applied for the program, he was already acquainted with its guidelines and consequences of misinformation.
“Selectors at the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) qualified me on these professional knowledge areas,” he said, and boasted that he was certificated by the leadership of the MPNP.
He said he was aware of the consequences of misinformation concerning the program and therefore did not consciously claim that the two children were his biological children to deceive the Canadian government.
“If I knew Maxwell and Janice were not my biological children, but I still love them, I would have adopted them and indicated their relationship to me on the application form. That is what I did for my niece Charlesetta J. Bryant, my half-brother and my nephew, who I had already spoken about earlier.”
He continued: “The disgraceful and traumatic part of the Canadian Embassy’s reaction is barring me from entering Canada for five years on my innocence of real paternity of children whose pregnancies a woman, who was my fiancée, said were mine.”
Wreh said he had been living far from Regina—he in Ghana and she in Liberia—for a long time after their last intimacy, based on which Regina labeled the pregnancies as his. “I was between Ghana and Liberia, doing business to support the pregnancy and to meet other family needs,” he said.
A church, named ELM, based in the Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, has written the Canadian embassy on its willingness to get Wreh’s denied family into Canada if the (embassy) allowed them to come ahead, as the embassy had done for Anthony Targbe (Mr. Wreh’s nephew) and Alphonso J. Kollie (Mr. Wreh’s half-brother), by granting them individual visas in 2012.
The travel program was being facilitated by Mrs. Martha C. Newray, Myer Wreh’s biological sister, who is a Canadian citizen. She is, however, appealing to the Canadian government to reconsider its decision to deny her brother so that her nephew Maximore would not take his own life.