The New Dawn (Monrovia)

29 August 2014

Liberia: Indian Community Identifies With Gov't

The Indian Community in Monrovia has donated food, plastic buckets and other items to the Government of Liberia to assist in the ongoing Ebola fight.

Speaking Wednesday 28 August at the General Service Agency or GSA in Monrovia, the head of the association of Indian communities in Liberia Ujit Singhn Saachera, said the items will buttress government's effort in combating the deadly Ebola virus.

Mr. Saachera said Indians here were in solidarity with the people of Liberia, saying "We cannot watch and allow government alone to suffer without doing anything to help."

Items donated include: 2,000 bags of rice, 2,000 plastic buckets, 1,000 faucets and 100 matresses. Mr. Saachera said a 14-16 seated Ambulance was underway to enhance effort of the national task force on Ebola in responding to the needs of the public.

He told reporters that the Indian community in Liberia, including the Government of Liberia is concerned about the safety of the Liberians, who continue to lose their lives since the outbreak in the country.

He noted the enormity of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, and efforts of the three affected countries in fighting the epidemic, describing it as a global challenge requiring effective global respond. In receiving the items, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf commended the Indian community and said this is a clear indication that Indians here are true partners in progress.

"Whenever you are sick, those who identify with you are your real friends", the President said and pointed out that every Liberian should avail their won collaborative efforts in helping government combat the deadly Ebola virus. President Sirleaf also noted that it is easier to criticize the government, but it takes a man more courageous to demonstrate his effort in being a patriotic for his country.

"We don't want to hear about preventing Ebola again in Liberia but all we are hoping to achieve is to beat and kill the Ebola virus which has caused many harms to our people", President Sirleaf concluded.

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