By: Rancy S. Teewia
After the death of over 200 persons in Jenne Wonde Town, Tewor District in Grand Cape Mount County during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus in 2014, and the consistent occurrences of calamities in the town the citizens have expressed their disenchantment in the county Lawmakers in the wake of their plights.
According to the citizens, since 2014 they have been crying out to the county Lawmakers for assistance but the leaders have not shown any concern about their misfortune.
“Since 2014 to present we have been crying, no one has come to our aid even our own lawmakers we voted for. We have been crying on them but they don’t want to help us. Every time they come here when we explain to them, they just listen and when they go that’s the end,” the citizens Lamented.
Speaking to journalists over the weekend in Jenne Wonde, Grand Cape Mount County, Town Chief Momo Massaley explained a series of calamities that the town has been going through over the past eight years. Chief Massaley said during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in 2014, Jenne Wonde recorded the highest deaths in Tewor district and Grand Cape Mount County as well and lamented the tragedies that befell the people and the community.
“During the Ebola virus in 2014 about 200 persons died in this town, over 50 men, 60 children and over 30 women died during the Ebola time and currently we have 150 Orphans and over100 widows and also some people here are suffering from HIV and Aids,” Chief Masssley lamented.
The traditional ruler complained about the lack of social amenities such as a public high school in Jenne Wonde with sufficient teachers to provide quality secondary education for school going age groups in the area. .
“In this whole region there is no high school. All those big, big towns that you saw when you were coming here including Jenne Wonde, there is no high school and as a result when some of our children here are out of the junior high no way for them to enter senior high school. The only high school here is in Tewor and we don’t have money to rent for our children in Tewor and find food for them. So we are appealing to the government to help us in this direction,” Chief Massaley said.
He also called on the international community and other philanthropic organizations to come to the aid of the over 150 orphans and widows, adding that the kids are not in school due to their situations.
“All these children you seeing here, they don’t have parents, they are more than 150, they are not even in school they need help and also the widows too they are really suffering, and now before they get food to eat they can go at the gold mines to help pour water on the gravels and at the end of the day they get 250 Liberian dollars and that 250 can’t do anything for them right now as a cup of rice is 60 Liberian Dollars, so we are calling on the whole world to come and help these people,” he added.