Over 2000 Vulnerable IDPs In Central Liberia Receives Food Assistance

By: Josephus Moses Gray

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted December 9, 2003

The Concerned Christian Community (CCC), recently distributed rice, mixed soy blend, salt, underclothes, lappas, and enriched cooking oil to more than 2000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in central Liberia. The beneficiaries were the IDPs of Salala, Maimu II, and E. J. Yancy camps in Lower Bong County. The recipients are mainly sexually abused, battered, or otherwise affected women who are currently benefiting from CCC’s Psychosocial and Skill Training Programs in targeted camps in the country.

Elated with CCC’s gesture, some of the IDPs rendered songs in praise of CCC, Church World Service (CWS), Geneva Global, Dorcas Aid as well as United Nations agencies, among others.

Making the donation, Mrs. Grace Agardo, Administrative Assistant to CCC’s National Executive Director Mariama Z. Brown, empathized the plight of the war-affected people, saying that CCC with support from her donors, will continue to alleviate their plight.

She used the occasion to commend CCC’s donors including Geneva Global, Dorcas Aid, Church World Service, UN agencies and others.

A team of independent journalists from two radio stations and several newspapers accompanied the fleet of trucks that carried the relief supplies and witnessed the distribution exercises which brought together over three thousand internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Meanwhile, more than 100 beneficiaries of the CCC Psychosocial Services Program in Maimu II IDP Camp in Totota, Lower Bong County, will receive certificates of participation this week, having completed basic skill training in various disciplines following a period of training.

In a related development, the CCC last week, engaged in the distribution of relief items to hundreds of internally displaced persons at various IDPs camps outside Monrovia.

Relief items donated to targeted groups by CCC included several bags of rice, seasoning cubes, salt and medical beds.
IDPs centers that benefited from that gesture were the Jah Tondo, Wilson Corner, Perry Town, Seigbeh and the SKD displaced centers.

The food items and medical beds were given to CCC by the Christian Aid International.

The distribution exercise, according to CCC, was under the organization’s war program "War-Affected Women Project", and over two thousand women and girls benefitted from the distribution.

In separate interviews with the recipients, they expressed gratitude to CCC for its continuous humanitarian assistance over the years, describing the organization as a true friend indeed.

"We want to thank CCC for the relief food they have given us. We really appreciate CCC’s efforts aimed at bringing some relief in these times of our profound desperation"

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