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Open Letter to Liberia Ministry of Youth & Sports

Open Letter to Liberia Ministry of Youth & Sports

September 8, 2017  Dear Madam Asst. Minister. Please accept my sincere compliments and best wishes, as I seek your indulgence to draw your attention to pertinent issues hampering the growth and development of young people in Liberia, especially girls. In today's Liberia, the young people in general are unfortunately endowed with many difficulties, and the scars of these difficulties are acutely visible among girl children in their teens. On this note, I would like to emphasize on teenage pregnancy and why practical actions or considerations must be given to this societal menace. According to the Liberian Demographic and Health survey in 2013, 31% of female children between the ages 11-19 in Liberia have given birth. This number is expected to hit 54 percent by 2017 if the necessary actions are not taken. The survey highlights acute poverty, family pressure/peer pressure, illiteracy and the lack of family life education, among others as the

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 500 Homes could have saved 500 lives

500 Homes could have saved 500 lives

O n the 14th of August 2017, torrential rainfall caused massive flooding and a devastating mudslide, which left at least 500 confirmed deaths while the search continues for hundreds of missing bodies. This unforgettable occurrence has so far attracted attention from all around the globe. At home in Sierra Leone, I have [both] read and heard messages from mostly religious and political perspectives. As a religious nation by practice, though not mandatory by constitution, many views have been wholly spiritual ignoring sensitive scientific viewpoints which are equally worth mentioning. We are allowing rational processes to be thwarted by religious standpoints thus interfering with empirical reality. To hear people continuously saying "we are cursed", that "the wrath of God is upon us as a nation" further endorses the flimsy excuses politicians will make during such incidents, forgetting their responsibilities. The question I normally ask

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