By: J. Cholo Brooks in Southeastern Liberia
Liberians in the southeastern part of the Country, specifically in Maryland and Grand Kru Counties have been entrapped; denying them of free movement and the selling of their goods and services in order to equitably sustain themselves.
A visit by the GNN in that part of the country this week saw hundreds of people with dozens of vehicles trapped in a very deep mud as a result of the deplorable conditions of major roads in the southeastern part of Liberia.
Traders and ordinary travelers, even including NGOs employees spent weeks on the road to reach to their destinations, a situation which sometimes leads them to accrued hundreds of dollars loses before reaching to their locations.
Some of the stranded travelers who spoke to the GNN on the Maryland/River Gee Highway expressed frustration over such situation, like this lady, “It seems to be the Government of President Ellen Johnson Srleaf has forgotten about us in this part of the Country. You want to tell me our Central Government has refused to listen to our plight?” Mary Wah, a businesswoman with tears soaked in her eyes told the GNN.
Most travelers in this part of the country solely depends on motorbikes to take them to their various locations, sometimes these motorbikes riders in their efforts to equally make money like these commercial vehicles, also encountered difficulties passing through, as a result of the deepness of the road.
Being frustrated of the condition of the road drivers and even the occupants refused to be photographed by our team of journalists, at point one of the motorbike riders threatened to waist mud on our photographer if he snap him while fighting to get his motorbike out of the mud.
However, many of the bad road victims who spoke to the GNN called on the Liberian Government to quickly come to their aide in the reconditioning of most highways in the country.
They said if the central government wants its citizens to live peacefully and healthy those things that are needed, like farm to market roads, improved health facilities (Clinics/Hospitals) and other social services must be provided equally.
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