LIBERIA: President Sirleaf Gives US$15K To Shaika Kamara Family

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has presented US$ 15,000 for the up-keep of siblings of the late Shaika Kamara who was shot dead on August 27, 2014 by an Armed Forces of
Liberia soldier in West Point, central Monrovia.

The money which is also intended to sponsor Kamara’s siblings in school was provided through the intervention of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL).

Presenting the money to the Kamara family at the Head office of the IRCL on Clay Street in central Monrovia Saturday, the Secretary General of the IRCL, Saint John York, said a Memorandum of
Understanding has been reached between the Kamara family and the IRCL to sponsor the schooling of Shaika Kamara's siblings and not necessarily to compensate them.

York explained that the siblings-Luseini, Sam and Fanta Kamara- will be catered to including their schooling and up-keep.

He clarified that the money is not a compensation for the death of Shaika Kamara, noting that the IRCL and the Kamara Family held series of meetings before signing the MOU for the support of Shaika's siblings by the President’s office.

The MOU was signed by Madam Eva Nah, the Grand Mother of Shaika Kamara for the family, and Saint John York, Secretary General of IRCL.

It can be recalled during the peak of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Liberia, the West Point Township was placed under quarantine on August 27, 2014. This resulted to a protest by residents of the community. It was during an attempt by the Armed Forces of Liberia and the Liberia National Police to put the protest under control that Shaika Kamara was shot and later died from the gunshot wounds he sustained.

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