United States Ambassador, Deborah Malac has acknowledged that her Government and people are committed to all Liberians, regardless of tribe, economic status or religion.
Making the statement Tuesday, July 22, in two separate mosques when she visited the Muslims during prayer, Ambassador Malac said the Government and people of the United States are aware of the difficult time Liberians are going through, but it takes time for people to work together to build the kind of Liberia, Liberians want to see.
She told the Muslim Community that the U.S. Government will continue to work with Liberia and people without discrimination.
In spite of the difficulties, people can still build the courage through mutual relationship and togetherness to rise and keep moving until they get where they want to.
Ambassador Malac stressed that the U.S. Government was especially concerned about flood disasters many Liberians have been facing in Monrovia in recent times.
This situation reduces human self-esteem and it is the concern of the United States that it can be addressed to place Liberians in a safer environment.
Commenting on the prevailing Ebola epidemic, Ambassador Malac urged the Muslim community and every Liberian to take the best precautionary measure to prevent it from spreading; assuring that the U.S. Government was also concerned about how the deadly disease can be eradicated from the three countries.
Delivering a message from President Barack Obama to the Muslims as they observe Ramadan, Ambassador Malac said, “Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, as well as an occasion for Muslims around the world to reaffirm their commitment to helping the less fortunate, including those struggling because of economic hardship and inequality.”
“Ramadan also reminds us of our shared responsibility to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves and of the basic principles that bind people of different faiths together; a yearning for peace, justice, and equality.”
President Obama’s message through the Ambassador also acknowledged that at this moment too many people around the world continue to suffer from senseless conflict and violence, urging that this sacred time reminds everyone of his/her common obligation to pursue justice and peace and to uphold the dignity of every human being.
“As the end of Ramadan approaches, I wish Muslims around the world continued blessings of family, community, peace and understanding,” the statement concluded.
Following the statement at the two mosques on Benson and Newport Streets in Monrovia, Ambassador Malac donated six bags of rice (50 kilos) six tins of Argo Oil, three bags of onion twenty sacks of bottled water and one sheep to each Mosque.
She said it was the embassy and people of the United States’ way of sharing their hospitality with the Muslim community as they prepare to break their fast.
Heads of the Muslim congregations, in separate remarks, thanked the U.S. Embassy for the gesture and recalled that it was not the first but the Ambassador has always identified with them during time of Ramadan.
Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, in a statement, urged the Muslims to be cautious of the Ebola outbreak and seek medical redress before performing any ritual.
Minister Sirleaf reminded the Muslim community that Ebola was real and before they (Muslims) can perform any ritual on anyone suspected of Ebola, they should consult medical authority.