New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Christmas Shopping Heightens

With barely few days to the Christmas, buyers and sellers of goods and services, among them students from all walks of life have begun flooding marketplaces in Monrovia and its suburbs to transact business.

Many of them, especially the students told our reporter that they were assisting their parents and guardians to sell the goods and help ease their financial burdens for the next semester.

Others said they were determined to take advantage of the Christmas season to sell and avoid criminal activities that could lead them to trouble.

At almost all of the markets toured yesterday at Red-light, Waterside and Duala, Ma Juah, crowds of shoppers were seen rushing to buy goods for their homes as sellers advertised their commodities.

This year's Christmas is expected to be unique as reports indicate that government has paid most of its employees for November and December.

"I have come to buy as much as I can for my children. Their father gave me enough money to shop for them. You know this is the time that every mother and father shows love to his/her child/children," said Mrs. Comfort Morgan-Toga, a shopper at the Waterside Market.

George Sieh, another shopper from Harper, Maryland County, told this paper at the Ma-Jua Market that he was in Monrovia to buy as much as he could and sell to those who cannot afford to come to Monrovia for shopping.

"When I return, I am going to make profit because, there are lots of people in the interior who are waiting for me," he said with smiles.

However, he urged the government to do its utmost to rehabilitate the road linking Monrovia to Harper so as to avoid the burden of coming to Monrovia to buy goods all the times.

At the markets also, were students who have taken advantage of the festive season to generate income for the payment of their school fees next semester.

"I was given these goods by one woman to sell. For every 5, I sell, I would make 10," said Joseph Diggs, a student who sells T-shirts and Jean trousers at the Red-light market.

There is also a police presence at all of these markets to protect civilians from criminal and unwanted acts, as request for by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during this year's Police Conference at police headquarters in Monrovia.

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