Grand Gedeh Association Condemns Killing of Aid Workers
The Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas strongly condemns the attack on Toe Town, a border town in Grand Gedeh County which, prior to the recent attack, was refuge to more than ten thousand Ivorian and other West Africans fleeing fighting in neighboring Ivory Coast. We condemn the killing of the relief workers and other civilians as a result of this cruel incident. There can be no justifiable reason for the killing of innocent civilians, particularly aid workers who are providing humanitarian assistance to our people.
We call on all armed forces in the region to see reason and end the nightmare of the Liberian people. Our people have suffered long enough! The Liberian people, including the people of Grand Gedeh County, deserve the right to rebuild their towns and villages without the fear of yet another wave of intense persecution.
We also call on the Liberian Government to create in the country an environment conducive for all Liberians to return home. Shamefully and embarrassingly, the word “Liberian” is becoming a byword for evil, destabilization and destruction in the West African sub-region. The government can demonstrate its intentions to fulfill this long over-due national responsibility by creating a level-playing field for the ensuing national elections.
Like many Liberians, we would like to be optimistic that the Liberian Government has heard the cry of the people, but we are concerned that, less than ten months to national elections, there are still major obstacles to creating a secured environment in the country. There are even signs, based on recent reports, that the situation in the country, vis-à-vis free movement and expression, may be getting worse. We are calling on President Taylor to ensure that the hope of the Liberian people is not dashed once again.
Jackson N. Wonde
William G. Nyanue