A concerned and visionary non-governmental organization (NGO), Bridge Rural Communities for Trade (BRCT), has raised a renewed alarm about the terrible road conditions in southeastern Liberia that have left that sub-region impoverished, marginalized and cut off.
And what leads us to call BRCT visionary is that this NGO is not complaining only, but has challenged southeasterners themselves—their general citizenry, their Legislators and other well-to-do people to rally to the desperate cause and do whatever they can in unison with other concerned and responsive Liberians as well as local and international partners to rally and save the southeast.
BRCT’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Gbenimah Slopadoe, told a news conference last Monday, “We must find the resources to do everything humanly possible to restore roads in the affected areas. These areas comprise the entire southeast—Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Maryland counties, where over 600,000 Liberians live [there] and are cut off from the rest of the country because of bad roads.”
Mr. Slopadoe is calling on all Liberians, beginning with southeasterners themselves and international partners, to participate in a rally scheduled for March 25, 2017 to raise funds for the rescue of the hapless, suffering people of the southeast.
Because of the bad roads affecting the entire southeastern sub-region, transport operators are refusing to travel there. More besides, said reporter Leroy Sonpon III, there is the threat of hunger because the price of rice, the nation’s staple, has risen from L$1,900 to L$3,500; a gallon of gasoline is now L$1,000, up from L$350.
We are calling on all Liberians to come forward and rally to this urgent cause to save our southeastern brothers and sisters from hunger, marginalization and poverty by participating cheerfully and generously in the March 25 rally to save the southeast.
We are calling on the entire business community, beginning with the Liberian businesspeople, to come forward and participate in this BRCT rally and raise funds to save the southeast.
We are also urging the GOL, in particular the relevant Ministries—Public Works, which is itself headed by a southeasterner, Gyude (warrior) Moore, and the Ministry of Defense’s Engineering Battalion, to join the southeasterners and LACE (Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment) to come forward and help the cause.
They must be encouraged by BRCT’s willingness to engage in this noble self-help effort. This means the southeasterners are not just crying for help but are first trying to help themselves, hoping that the rest of us will join in rallying to this compelling cause of saving the southeast from poverty and marginalization.