Marylanders for Progress (Liberia) condemns the war in Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

July 30, 2003

Marylanders for Progress (Liberia) Inc., observes with great dismay the indiscriminate attacks on the people of Liberia, which have resulted in death and destruction. More than 30,000 citizens from Maryland County fled and are now seeking tent space to lay their heads while others are in open fields waiting to be helped at the border city of Tabou and other villages in Cote d’Ivoire. The basic cultural, social and economic structures of our people are being destroyed by this senseless and unjust war. The people of this region, as well as Liberians throughout the country, are suffering immeasurably because of continuous war. As it stands today, the recriminations and impact from the long standing conflicts in Liberia will adversely affect generations.

Marylanders for Progress (MFP) categorically rejects the use of force to attain political power and therefore calls upon all warring forces including the government of Liberia to immediately stop the spilling of civilian blood. MFP further calls upon the Government of Liberia, (GOL), LURD and MODEL and all participants at the Accra conference to wake up and make the right decisions for the sake of the Liberian people. We call upon the international community to withhold recognition and support from any participant actively involved in this war.

MFP calls on the international community, particularly ECOWAS, the United Nations, the United States, the African Union and the European Union to take on a more proactive role in assisting Liberians to resolve their conflicts. The United Nations must take an active part in meeting the increasing humanitarian needs of the suffering people of Liberia.

MFP wants to extend its thanks to the Honorable Mayor Yao Bin’dri of Tabou and his people for opening their doors once again to the people from the Southeastern region of Liberia who were forced to run for safety.

Hello! Is anybody listening? Can you hear the cry of our people as they are being shot in their backs while searching for food and running for safety? Liberians! Are we sensitive enough to care and unite without an agenda for power and lust at any price?

God, please forgive Liberia. God Bless Liberia. God Bless AFRICA.

Signed: Roberta Brown

Marylanders for Progress (Liberia), Inc. is a non-political organization with no political agenda. Our goal is to bring social and economic development to Maryland County and the Southeastern region of Liberia. For more information about MFP, Contact: Roberta Brown, President, 301-248-6496