Brumskine Decries Humanitarian Crises

By Moses M. Zangar, Jr.
Akosombo, Ghana

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

June 12, 2003

Potential presidential contender Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine has described as alarming and disheartening the current humanitarian situation in Liberia as a result of renewed military hostilities between the Liberian Government and dissident factions in Monrovia.

Consequently, Cllr. Brumskine said women and children as well as the elderly, who are mostly victimized by armed conflicts, are dying daily from starvation and other preventable diseases.

Addressing journalists at the Volta Hotel in Akosombo,Ghana yesterday, the Liberia Unification Party (LUP) presidential aspirant further spoke of how there is an outbreak of diarrhea and other vector transmissions as a result of the lack of safe drinking water and poor sanitary condition owing to over-crowdedness at the Samuel Kanyon Sports Stadium where thousands of people are currently seeking refuge.

Cllr. Brumskine’s assertions come in the wake of the attendant humanitarian consequences resulting from the war in Monrovia. Thousands of people including Ivorian and Sierra Leonean refugees as well as third country nationals are reported to be roaming the city without food, drugs and other essentials.

Moreover, the attendant death rate is ostensibly high with scores of people, mainly pregnant women, children and the elderly falling prey to the circumstances.

"We cannot afford any longer to have our children trample upon..., old folks and pregnant women are dying because of starvation. Any rational human being with human feelings would do whatever he can to abate the situation.

In a rather frustrated mood, the former President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate vowed to continue using his contacts in engaging the international community and other friendly governments to rescue Liberians and quell the situation. But said nobody wants to help unless there was a cessation of hostilities and an international security force to stabilize the situation the country.

Touching on political issues, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine stressed that President Charles Taylor is a destabilizing factor, and as such, he must step aside in the interest of the people because he is the person who is the focus of problems in Liberia.

He said discussions at the ongoing peace conference were extra constitutional, because as he put it, the government has collapsed and has shown its incapability of providing the services that are necessary to good government.

Accordingly, the government only exist in name and what President Charles Taylor needs to do now is to negotiate his exit from the presidency or out of the country.

The renowned Liberian lawyer also spoke of the need for a political accommodation that would help save lives and properties and help the Liberian body politic for a future determination of who leads the country.

But Cllr. Brumskine was quick to mention that he has no desire to seek the interim presidency. He reasoned that his vision to deconstruct and build Liberia anew under the rule law, among others cannot be performed during an interim period.

He pleaded with the Government and dissident factions to cease fighting in the interest of the Liberian people.