A forty-eight-year-old businesswoman, whose right eye was injured recently near Suakoko, Bong County, reportedly by a piece of metal thrown by what police described as “marauding youths,” has appealed for help to seek medical attention abroad.
The incident, according to the victim, occurred when a commercial ‘Kia Motor’ on which she was commuting made a brief stop in the area. “Then I felt a hard metal or rock hit my face. Little did I know that the metal had burst my right eye, leaving my face covered with blood,” she said.
She said she had been doing out-of-town business and was on my way back to Monrovia when the incident happened. “I was lying down in the truck that was transporting several other market women with our goods when I felt a sharp pain in my eye,” Ruth said.
The incident was later reported to Suakoko police in Bong County. It was reported that Ruth’s situation was not an isolated case as there has been a spate of attacks by marauding youths on marketers traveling along that route.
Ruth and a number of market women have been traveling along that route since 2005.
Although doctors at two separate eye treatment centers in Monrovia have confirmed that the right eye of Madam Ruth Vaye is damaged, her family remains hopeful that she could regain her eye-sight with proper treatment.
They are appealing to philanthropists to help Ruth seek advanced medical attention, preferably abroad. They also called on officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to investigate the incident and bring those responsible for her injury to justice.
Ruth resides in Fiahma, Sinkor in Monrovia. She said, “I am not in confusion with anyone and so I don’t know why someone would plan to hurt me.”
She can be contacted on cell numbers: 0777-544882/ 0996 339080.