We, the officers and members of the Council of Eminent Persons of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), Inc., assembled at an Emergency Meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to discuss the ‘Ebola virus’ that has rapidly attacked our country, and neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. We are saddened by the news of the outbreak of this deadly virus. Many lives including those of ordinary citizens, doctors, and aid workers have been lost and this is becoming increasingly alarming. We give thanks and appreciation to the Obama Administration, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the International Community, and Liberians – both at home and in the Diaspora, and people of goodwill worldwide that are praying and assisting the people of Liberia – some at the expense of their own lives.
This overwhelming response to the urgent needs of Liberia, coupled with cooperation and unity are essential elements for our survival in our global village. Modern means of transportation makes this an inescapable partnership.
We welcome the decision of the United Party (UP) government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in declaring a “State of Emergency” by closing our boarders, placing trained personnel at Roberts’ International Airport (RIA) and the Freeport of Monrovia, the 24-hour shutdown of the Finance Ministry after the death of an employee, and putting in place medical practices that will not only treat people who are infected by the Ebola virus, but methods that will prevent the virus from spreading further. To achieve these time-sensitive goals, we are calling on individual citizens, the religious community, political parties, student organizations, women organizations, friends of Liberia and the International community to continue to unite in their efforts, and work together to defeat the deadly Ebola virus.
It is time for us to respond immediately. We advised ULAA to call on the leadership to instruct its member chapters to coordinate relief efforts for needed materials that will be used in Liberia to help combat the Ebola virus. In addition, we encourage the leadership to seek the cooperation and assistance of county, alumni, and sports, religious and related Liberian organizations in the Diaspora to assist in this endeavor.
Therefore, as the late Wangari Maathai stated in her December 10, 2004 Nobel Lecture:
"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other…. Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible an idea whose time has come”.
Finally, we will prevail upon ULAA, its member chapters and other humanitarian organizations to assist in whatever way possible to bring relief to our people in Liberia and the West African sub-region.
We will communicate this message to leadership formally.
David K. Flomo
EP David K. Flomo
Siahyonkron J.K. Nyanseor
EP Siahyonkron J. K. Nyanseor
Chairperson & Official Spokesperson