More than 70 Liberian fishermen and other residents’ structures situated at the Atlantic Ocean Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County, were recently rendered homeless as a result of extensive sea erosion.
Sadly, the homeless and destitute Liberians and foreign residents have taken refuge with relatives and friends at their crowded homes in Harper.
Consequently, the homeless sea erosion victims and businesspeople have sounded urgent SOS appeals to the Liberian Government, the Red Cross, humanitarian groups, charitable organizations, Liberians, foreign-based Liberian companies, corporations at home and abroad for material and financial assistance.
The sea erosion also extensively damaged and destroyed makeshift shelters and other houses in Maryland County.
According to some residents and prominent citizens of Harper City, many complaints and appeals have made and communicated to the relevant agencies and ministries of the Liberian Government and other key stakeholders in the country.
The frustrated and discouraged residents and businesspeople specifically sounded their appeals to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and major players as well as support partners in the environmental sectors to help curb the sea erosion menace.
“Our situation has indeed become grave and our challenges are gradually sliding into a perpetual nightmare,” Mrs. Marvoline Williams asserted.
Also owing to the extensive and continuous sea erosion, fear has gripped several Liberian and foreign small business owners whose entities are situated not far from the crisis prone Harper City beaches.
Madam Elizabeth Nimely Greene told the Daily Observer early this week that her four-bed room house was completely destroyed and all personal effects were swallowed by the sea water.
“We are now living in destitution and our socio-economic conditions continue to deteriorate at very fast pace,” Madam Greene cried out.
A provision shop operator in Harper City, Mrs. Greene noted that serious efforts should be stepped up now in order to prevent further damage and destructionby Harper’s sea erosion.
For his part, businesswoman Beatrice Cooper Baker pointed out that urgent steps should be taken now by all stakeholders in the environmental sector to halt the current sea erosion at the port city of Harper in Maryland County.
Mrs. Baker said the situation of the Harper’s sea erosion is indeed critical to most business entities and most especially the three fishing communities in Maryland County.
“In my view, I think God is the first person for us to turn to and second group to look up is the United Nations that could urgently channel the needed funds to help stop the sea erosion in Harper,” Mrs. Baker concluded.