The Liberian Red Cross says in the absence of major disaster and other emergencies, there are still compelling humanitarian needs on the grounds that demand urgent support.
The Red Cross as a premiere humanitarian institution named better livelihood, improved access to safe drinking water, adequate food and better healthcare for vulnerable people as needs that cannot be ignored at the moment.
The Liberian Red Cross made the statement over the weekend when it presented food and non-food items to a vulnerable disabled couple with their three children Gbarnga, Bong County. The items including two bags of rice and two mattresses were donated by an honorary member of the Liberian Red Cross, Rohit Suji who is also the president of the Association of the Indian Community in Liberia.
The couple, John Mulbah is visually impaired and feeds his family on digging and selling river sand while his fiancée Patience Kollie is paralyzed from an operation she underwent during her second child delivery at a local hospital. The Red Cross’ donation came in the wake of a report by KMTV on January 3 that the couple was dying of starvation and needed urgent assistance. The report also added that the vulnerable family has been sleeping in an old leaking hut until a neighbor recently pitied their condition and gave them a room in his house.
In a press release, the Liberian Red Cross said it does not only provide relief assistance to people living with vulnerabilities but also build their resilience and restore hope for a better living condition.
The release quotes the Liberian Red Cross as saying that the donation was intended to identify with the disabled couple to offer support and bring hope to them in the midst of their distress. The release says during the presentation, the Red Cross expressed solidarity and demonstrated humanity in presenting the food and non-food items to the vulnerable family.
Responding, the disabled couple, John and Patience expressed deep gratitude to the Liberian Red Cross and its partner for the assistance toward them. They said the Red Cross assistance will help in solving some of their needs. The vulnerable couple is also calling on well-meaning Liberians and the authority of Bong County to follow the footstep of the Red Cross in assisting them particularly in the area of shelter.
The Liberian Red Cross is financially challenged at the moment and is therefore calling for increasing support to enable it to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in the communities.