Liberia's Second Lady Pledges Her Commitment to Group of '77

Saturday, 3rd February 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Second Lady Mrs.Kartumu Y. Boakai has pledged to go the extra mile in catering for inmates of the Group of ’77 on Newport Street in Monrovia.

Mrs, Boakai who is Executive Director of the Group, told journalists in Monrovia Friday that  since she took over the Group in February last year, the Group has taken on a new look.

She was speaking at a welcome party hosted in honor of one of the members of the Group of ’77, Amputee Moses Tarnue, who has just returned home from the Chicago Rehabilitation Center in U.S.A, where he was given a new limb.

“When I took over, the whole place was full of feces, but with the help of friends and humanitarian NGOs like Handicap International, ADRA, CHRISTAN AID, Mercy Ship and the YMCA,  the group has brought smiles to inmates of the Group of ’77,” Mrs Boakai said.

She said the Group of ’77 now boasts of an up-to-date elementary school, a sewing department, and a clinic, with inmates being fed twice a day. Some of the inmates’ children, the Secondn Lady added,  have been placed on scholarship in other schools to enable them learn and compete with any other student. 15 of these children, she disclosed, are being sponsored by her.

Mrs. Boakai added that mattresses have also been provided inmates who used to sleep on the bare flow.

She thanked the management of Mercy Ship who initiated discussions  that resulted in Tarnue’s travel. She disclosed that Tarnue is just the first amputee to benefit from this opportunity, adding that others would follow later.

Also speaking at the welcome ceremony, the honoree, Moses Tarnue who broke down in tears when he took the stage, thanked the administration of the Chicago Rehabilitation Center for the love, care and kindness they showed him while he was at the Center.

Mr. Tarnue said he still considers his travel to the U.S as a dream, and thanked the Second Lady for the opportunity afforded him to undergo the treatment in Chicago and the new limb given him.