Madam Boakai Pleads for the Relocation of Physically Challenged Persons

Tuesday, 10th July 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Second Lady of Liberia, Madam Kartumu Y. Boakai says 40 family heads comprising one hundred sixty-nine handicapped members of the Group of ’77 residing at the Coconut Plantation Beach  were on June 2 rendered homeless when their shelters were demolished by state security officers.

Madam Boakai who is also Executive Director of the Group of ’77 is therefore making  an impassioned appeal to humanitarian organizations and well-meaning individuals to assist the Group of ’77 in relocating these physically challenged persons.

She said 20 family members of this group, comprising 87 persons who have their own land, want the administration of the Group of ’77 to build shelters for them, while seven family heads comprising 24 persons, want to be assisted to return to their original homes.

The Second Lady said the third category of 13 family heads comprising 58 persons including four blind persons, have nowhere to go and are depending on the Group of ’77 to rent rooms for them in Monrovia.

Madam Boakai said according to estimates, about US$20,800 (Twenty thousand eight hundred) is needed to assist the three categories of disabled people.

The Second Lady expressed gratitude to the Acting Managing Director of the Liberia National Lotteries, Mr. Michael Wiles, for promptly responding to their call and making available the sum of US$1,400 (One thousand Four Hundred), equivalent to L$84, 977 to facilitate the relocation of the distressed people.

In a letter to Mr. Wiles, Mrs. Boakai said the donation “will go a long way in relocating the displaced Group of ’77 Coconut Plantation Beach residents”.

Madam Boakai also thanked the Samaritan Purse International Non-Governmental Organization for pledging to assist in the relocation of the handicapped.

The Group of ’77 Home on Newport Street is temporarily hosting the displaced group along with its usual residents, thus causing overcrowding at this handicapped home.