The New Dawn (Monrovia)

23 November 2012

Liberia: Bomi Senator Wants 'Fast and Prayer'

Bomi County Senator Lahai Lasannah has called for a "fast and prayer" in the wake of widespread reported deaths in the county.

Lasannah told the media that fast and prayer would help the county overcome the situation which seemed to have instilled fear in the people.

He expressed the belief that continuous reports of "widespread" deaths could be overcome when the people are united with one goal.

"There is nothing powerful than "fast and prayer" during difficult times like ours; therefore, there is a need for us as a people to get involved in the process," Lasaanah noted.

The request for a "fast and prayer" day for the people of Bomi County cannot be over emphasized, as Tubmanburg is one of the cities that experienced turbulent happenings during the course of the civil conflict.

"Indeed Bomi, needs a serious 'fast and prayer' sooner if not later so as to wash away some of the past negative occurrences during the course of the Liberian conflict; this is because Tubmanburg was one of the battle grounds during the course of the Liberian conflict despite being home to the 6th infantry battalion of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)," he said.

During the onset of the 24 December 1989 NPFL rebellion, the county was used as recruitment and training ground for new recruits when the Front was making advances on government troops.

Also in 1994, Tubmanburg was also one of those dangerous places for civilians or any unarmed individual to venture not only because it was the headquarters of ULIMO rebels fighting the NPFL, but a serious battle ground for the divided ULIMO rebels (ULIMO-Roosevelt Johnson and ULIMO-Alhaji Kromah).

The county also experienced bitterness from 1999 to 2003 during another rebellion against the regime of former President Charles Taylor by the same group which metamorphasized into the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy or LURD rebels led by Sekou Damatee Conneh from Guinea.

Bomi gained county status during the leadership of the late President Samuel K. Doe in 1985 after it was detached from Montserrado County. The county is situated in the northwestern region of Liberia where iron ore mining was first started in 1954.

It occupies an area of 755 sq. miles with a density of 36.6 persons per sq. mile. It borders on the northwest by Gbapolu; on the west by Cape Mount County; on the east by Montserrado County and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean.

The county is sub-divided into four (4) districts with the municipal capital being Tubmanburg, writes TKS.

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