Erosion Renders 400 Fishermen Homeless

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Erosion has destroyed more than 25 shelters of artisanal fishermen, rendering 400 people homeless in Greenville, Sinoe County.

Mr. Andrew B. Doe, Coordinator of the Sinoe County Artisanal Fishing Association (SCAFA), told the Daily Observer in an interview via mobile phone that sea erosion last week affected over 400 fishermen and their dependants.

He said the victims are currently seeking refuge in churches, public buildings and makeshift shelters in Greenville City.

To date, said Mr. Doe, not a single relief organization has come to the victims’ rescue.

He said all the homeless fishermen are in dire need of food, clothing, cooking utensils, medicines and materials such as zinc, plank, nails and places where they can relocate.

Coordinator Doe expressed fear that if the homeless remain unattended to for too long, the outbreak of diseases could be inevitable among them.

He appealed to the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus, Sinoeians in Monrovia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to come to their aid.

He however regretted that most of the sea erosion occurring in Greenville over the years had not caught government’s attention.

In order to verify the Greenville sea erosion, the Daily Observer spoke with some of the victims via mobile phone.

Mrs. Elizabeth Wesseh, 44, said as a family of eight dependants, the erosion destroyed their house and made away with all the cooking utensils and basic necessities.

For his part, Moses Sonpon said his two canoes were swept away by the erosion.

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