President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has presented US$ 15,000 for the up-keep of siblings of the late Shaki Kamara, who died from a gunshot wound on August 27, 2014, by soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia during their attempt to quarantine West Point near Monrovia, during the Ebola crisis.
The money, which is also intended to sponsor Kamara’s siblings in school, was provided through the intervention of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL).
Presenting the money to the Kamara family at the head office of the IRCL on Clay Street in central Monrovia on Saturday, September 26, the Secretary General of the IRCL, Saint John York, said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been reached between the Kamara family and the IRCL to sponsor the schooling of Shaki Kamara’s siblings and not necessarily to compensate them.
York explained that the siblings – Luseini, Sam and Fanta Kamara – will be catered to including their schooling and up-keep.
He clarified that the money is not a compensation for the death of Shaika Kamara, noting that the IRCL and the Kamara Family held series of meetings before signing the MOU for the support of Shaki’s siblings by the President’s office.
The MOU was signed by Madam Eva Nah, the Grand Mother of Shaki Kamara for the family, and Saint John York, Secretary General of IRCL.
It may be recalled that during the peak of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia, the West Point Township was placed under quarantine on August 27, 2014. This resulted to a protest by residents of the community. It was during an attempt by the Armed Forces of Liberia and the Liberia National Police to put the protest under control that Shaki Kamara, 17, was shot and later died from the gunshot wounds.