12 December 2012

Liberia: 42 Liberians Stranded On Sea

At lease 42 Liberians, most of whom are women and children have for the past three days been stranded on sea, near the free Port of Monrovia.

The Liberians who are passengers on board a Cape Verde vessel- Diallo Mancillo are constrain to stay on sea owing to an alleged refusal by the Management of National Port Authority (NPA) to allow hem duck.

Speaking to this paper via cellular phone yesterday, a passenger on board the vessel, Mr. Romeo Alee Abraham, said that NPA officials were demanding the ship owner(s) to pay an undisclosed amount indebted to the management before they can be granted ducking right.

Mr. Abraham accused the ship Captain and other crew members of ill-treating them on grounds that the Liberian government is the cause of their over stay on sea.

He narrated, "We are without food and water. A number of women and children including pregnant women have fallen ill due to the environment. Madam Mancillo and the Captain have for past days been leaving us here, getting on the toed boat and going to Monrovia to purchase food and water. You would not believe that these people refused to buy us food and water or even give us some of what they may buy for themselves."

According to him, the vessel departed Harper, Maryland county on Sunday, December2, 2012 and has been around the Bong Mines pear since Monday this week.

He is calling on the Liberian government through the NPA to kindly allow the ship duck so as to avoid them losing their lives.

"Please let the ship duck so that we can get out than it can park until the owners pay whatever amount owed your, please Ma Ellen talk to your daughter Matilda Parker," Mr. Abraham concluded.

The Management of NPA is yet to officially comment on the issue.

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