Ambassador Sulunteh, Others Identify with Ebola Fight in Margibi

HARBEL, Margibi – Liberia’s ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, has provided 150 Ebola care and preventive kits to residents of Margibi.

Sulunteh made the presentation on Friday during an official visit to Harbel.

He said the items were gifts he received from friends and partners in the US and that he was glad to share with his people. Contents of the kits include water purifiers, soap, gloves and other protective equipment.

Speaking to The Bush Chicken about his visit, Sulunteh said he was happy to be back home on vacation and visiting communities, explaining how the Liberian Embassy in Washington was working on behalf of the Liberian people.

He said the US was making greater impact in Liberia through its contributions and praised the American government for its supports to Liberia.

“Our relationship with the US is becoming even stronger as manifested by the fact that America is involved with all our development programs,” Sulunteh said.

He said the US government was currently involved with the implementation of Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery program.

“As I speak to you, President Sirleaf along with the presidents of Guinea and Sierra Leone are in the US meeting with President Obama, the Corporate Council of Africa, the World Members of Congress, IMF and World Bank on how they can support our Ebola recovery program,” he said.

While on the visit, Sulunteh also met with local county officials of the Friends of Sulunteh, a social mobilization group in his honor.

Discussions with the leadership were centered on leadership structure and activities of the group.

According to Sulunteh, he distributed several items and identified with Ebola-affected communities during the heat of the outbreak through FOS.

He named Dolo Town community and C.H. Rennie Hospital as some of the beneficiaries of his contributions to the fight against Ebola in Margibi.

Sulunteh praised the government of Liberia for the level of progress it has made, especially in the fight against Ebola. He warned that there were still the challenges of economic recovery and re-establishment of many Liberians.

According to FrontPage Africa, Sulunteh is one of several individuals considering a presidential run in 2017.

The Presbyterian Church of Liberia has also donated relief items to Dolo Town, one of the hardest hit communities in Margibi. Items donated on Friday included clothing, food and hygienic kits.

Levi Piah, a senior elder of the Church, said the initiative was one of several that the Church is undertaking to restore the hopes of many Liberians.

He said the Ebola virus has left wounds and psychological trauma to many whose families were affected.

Piah who is a former superintendent of Margibi said his wife, sister and other relatives also died during the hit in Dolo Town.

“I was one of those who were hardly hit, my family was virtually destroyed and that has left some level of devastation on my very self,” he said.

Piah said it was important that the church identifies with his community and that the donation was a pilot of what the church will do in the future.

Featured image courtesy of  Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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