In yesterday’s Editorial, we called on Liberians to thank and commend our President for reaching out to our Sierra Leonean brothers, sisters and their government in their time of grave and tragic distress. It made of us Liberians proud and grateful for her leadership example, which we knew was bound to inspire others.
Sure enough, in yesterday’s Daily Observer appeared three different stories about Liberian organizations also reaching out to Sierra Leone.
The first was the National Muslim Women’s Caucus of Liberia (NAMUWCA), which on Tuesday, led by Madam Binta Barry, called at the Sierra Leone Embassy to sign the Book of Condolence. Haja Mawatta S. Toure, chairperson of the group, presented a purse to the Head of Chancery, Dr. Rosaline Turay, and Embassy staff “as a sign of solidarity to a friendly country like Sierra Leone during this period of calamity.”
The second Liberian body was the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), which donated US$3000 to Sierra Leone mudslide victims.
And the third was the Liberia Chapter of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET), assisted by the Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL).
These groups are currently soliciting relief items from the business and diplomatic community, humanitarian groups and well-meaning Liberians. According to MARWOPNET Regional President, Madam Amelia Ward, all donations to the initiative will support recovery and relief efforts in Sierra Leone. In addition, other MARWOPNET member countries, including the Republics of Guinea and La Cote d’Ivoire, are planning prayer vigils across the region.
These commendable noteworthy initiatives are a clear indication of how Liberians have been gravely struck by the tragedy which has befallen our Sierra Leone sisters and brothers and their government.
We commend these organizations for their initiatives, coming after what our President has done in reaching out to Sierra Leone.
It is hoped that other caring Liberian organizations and groups will emulate the above listed bodies, for the needs in Sierra Leone are so overwhelming that its people will appreciate all the help they can get, however little.