The Liberian government has been urged to prioritize welfare programs for women and children who survived the devastating Ebola Virus Disease. Speaking at the launching of the non-profit organization, Liberia Women & Children Teenage Mothers Assistance Program, (LICWETMP) yesterday, Mrs. Christal-Dionne Reeves Da-Thong, said women and children were particularly vulnerable in the crisis. Mrs. Da-Thong, a marketing and communications professional and a humanitarian, quoted a UNICEF report, that said 75 percent of Ebola cases involved women and children. Quoting the UNICEF report during a program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monrovia, she explained that 4,519 children were by February this year affected by the outbreak. To counter this Ebola’s negative effect on children and women, Mrs. Da-Thong said the Government of Liberia and its partners must increase their intervention programs to the “most vulnerable groups” in the country, who are women and children. Among other negative by-products of Ebola, she stated, “is stigmatization that can affect children and women’s self esteem.” “It is therefore necessary that our efforts are geared towards programs that are designed to help women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong suggested. She commended LICWETMP for its bold initiative to concentrate its intervention on children and women in this critical period in which Ebola seemed to be out of the country. Mrs. Da-Thong, with extensive working experience in the non-governmental sectors in the United Kingdom and Liberia, said LICWETMP’s psychosocial and educational welfare support to the more than 50 children and women need local and international support. “To be able to help many more women and children,” Mrs. Da-Thong said, “The LICWETMP will need international support.” She also commended LICWETMP for its feeding program, which she noted is vital to create support for children and women who lost parents and spouses. “These women and children must now depend on the goodwill of society to attend to their needs and your organization has started the ball rolling,” she noted. Yesterday’s program was attended by over 50 Ebola made orphans and women who are being supported by LICWETMP, according to its acting executive director David D. Dennis. At the end of the program, an assortment of school supplies, valued at over USD5,000 were presented to the children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on crude oil loading at Hariga and Zuetina oil terminals on Monday, July 2, 2018. The announcement follows suspension of loading at the Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals.The force majeure is being imposed in line with the order of the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Command to prohibit ports from receiveing allocated shipments. “Despite our warning of the consequences and attempts to reason with the LNA General Command, two legitimate allocations were blocked from loading at Hariga and Zuetina this weekend. The storage tanks are full and production will now go offline,” NOC Chairman Eng Mustafa Sanalla, said.NOC called on the LNA General Command to lift the blockade and allow NOC to handle oil shipments.The oil company said that the total daily production loss amounts to 850,000 bpd of crude, 710 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of natural gas, and more than 20,000 bpd of condensate.The total daily revenue loss associated with the shutdown is estimated at USD 67.4 million. The financial loss to the public purse since the attack on Es Sidra and Ras Lanuf on June 14 is said to be over USD 650 million.