I wish to inform you that my attention has been drawn to the unfortunate situation unfolding on the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Accra, Ghana—where some of our beloved citizens have been seeking refuge for more than two decades now.
I have been reliably informed that failure on their part to vacate the Camp in line with the agreed deadline the Ghanian Authorities have embarked on a demolition exercise to compel them to relinquish the camp to make way for development initiatives by the host nation (Ghana).
Even though we are not happy to see our people homes being demolished with no immediate hope of a reasonable alternative to salvage their well-being, I like to express profound thanks and appreciation to the government and people of Ghana for the incredible and historic show of generosity in hosting thousands of Liberian Refugees in their country for well over twenty years. In every respect, Liberia owes Ghana a depth of gratitude for such degree of kindness that cannot be quantified in any quantum.
Consequently, In the spirit of the African Solidarity which Ghana has pioneered for several decades, I, on behalf of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) would like to seize this opportunity to humbly appeal to the Government and people of Ghana to exercise restraint and due consideration as they have always graciously done for our people over twenty plus years, to halt the ongoing demolition exercise and allow negotiations to prevail from which a possible and amicable solution to end what now seems to be humanitarian crisis would be reached.
We know, that in all efforts to reclaim the land on which the Buduburam Camp sits on for the sole purpose of national development. The government and good people of Ghana would never be happy to see thousands of homeless Liberians languish in the streets of Accra to the peril of their safety. Henceforward, we plead with them to pause the demolition to make way for possible inventions to suitably bring this crisis under control. And while plead for the compassion of Ghana, we call on our people to remain calm and refrain from all acts that have the potential to further exacerbate the crisis afoot.
At this point, I respectfully request the prompt intervention of ECOWAS, the United Nations, the International Red Cross, Medicine San Frontiers, and other humanitarian groups to quickly engage with the government of Ghana in finding the best solution to ending this crisis and preventing our people from further despair and trauma.
While we make these SOS calls, I must state how appalled, stunned, and disappointed I am yet again to see that while Liberians are faced with a painful and unbearable humanitarian crisis in a foreign land, the George Weah-led government has said and done absolutely nothing to address the plight of its citizens on the Buduburam Refugee Camp.
I would assume that considering the circumstances besetting our people, a responsible, sensitive, and patriotic government, would by now, be deeply engaged with the government of Ghana to halt the demolition exercise and forge a workable outcome to ending this nightmare—suffice to say by now, we expected to see representatives of the Weah government in Ghana comforting and instilling hope into our brothers and sisters, but sadly, it seems the plight of Liberians both at home and abroad doesn’t matter to the government of Mr. George Weah as we recently saw how the government insensitively and recklessly responded to the scaring wave of mysterious realistic killings across the country.
It marvels Liberians that while young girls and ordinary citizens are being murdered in cold blood and body parts gruesomely abstracted, Mr. Weah and his confidants are fabulously celebrating his birthday party for days at the expense of the already strained national coffers. If such behavior is not irresponsible, insensitive, careless, wicked, and unremorseful, I know no other way to describe the continual disposition of the Weah government.
I send my prayers and solidarity to fellow compatriots on the Buduburam Refugee Camp and would like to inform all Liberians that the People’s Liberation Par ty (PLP) will dispatch over the next few days its Acting National Vice Chairman for International Affairs to Accra, Ghana to meet with our fellow Liberians so as to assess the humanitarian conditions on the Camp, and establish how we can effectively mobilize needed support for our brothers and sisters enduring this painful and demeaning condition.
To the government and dear people of Ghana, I once again express abundant thanks and appreciation for all you have done for our people and plead with you to allow the “United Africa” solidarity championed by your founding father Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to prevail now and always. We are One Africa and Africa is home to all Africans, no matter which geographical location an African finds him/herself.
May the saving and divine grace of the Almighty God intervene and intercede in this life altering and historic event of our Liberian Citizens in Ghana!
This message was approved by: Dr. Daniel E. Cassell-Vision Bearer/Political Leader and Founder/CEO of Dr. Cassell Humanitarian Foundation
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