West Point Slum Dweller Finds Reason As Our Personality Of the Week – Old Man Sampson Saryenneh

West Point senior citizen, 87 years old Sampson Saryenneh
West Point senior citizen, 87 years old Sampson Saryenneh

Taking a walk in the center of Liberia’s most populated slum community, West Point to observe some activities in that community and to see for myself the rapid destruction been made by sea erosion in the township, I was opportune to bump into a soft-spoken elderly man in his late 80s.

‘Pap Sampson’ as he is affectionately call my many in the township welcomed me to his zinc shark resident where his nine children, six of them out of college while the rest are still in high school sat anxiously to tell me his story as the oldest citizen of the township.

“I was born on December 5th, 1931 in Sinoe County and came to West Point in 1959, and since then I have been here as one of the senior citizens of this township. I am proud to be in this slum community, I had all my children in this place,” old Sampson Saryenneh speaking to our staff said.

Giving background of his early life in Monrovia, Pap Saryenneh said during those days the younger ones had respect for the older ones, but nowadays young he noted, “Young people don’t have respect for the older people, a situation that has made this country to be threading an ugly path,” Old man Sampson Saryenneh speaking further said.

He said one of his respected jobs he ever had in the late 1960s was when he served at the Free Port of Monrovia as Tally Clerk, a job he said he served with dedication and dignity, stressing, “During that time our children had respect for us, but not these days where children are taking their parents to court and insulting them,” he noted.

On the issue of Government and its people, Pap Sampson in a rather disgusted state of mind said, “Those days government officials used to listen to their citizens, but this time it is not so, no one cares nowadays. Things are unbearable; those who cannot afford to get United States Dollars cannot also afford to even purchase a 25KG bag of rice,” he said.

Speaking further, our personality of the week urged Liberian youths to be law abiding and do away with those things that will destroy Liberia, adding, “I want to call on all the young people of this Country who are the future leaders to have the fear of God in them if they want to live longer and enjoy the wealth of their children’s children,”

He has however vowed not to vote into office any politician come Liberia’s 2017 general and presidential elections, noting, “The way things are going I will not vote for any of these politicians, because those who were previously voted for have abandoned their people; they don’t even visit their district where they were elected as Representatives, Senators, President and even Vice President,” Old man Sampson sitting at his lonely residence told our staff in the presence of two of his girls children; 35 and 41 years old respectively.

He said those who were elected as Representatives and Senators have resolved not to visit their people in their respective Counties instead they on a regular basis travel abroad for vacationing and enjoying the taxes of the people instead of visiting their respective district.

Concluding, our personality of the week has meanwhile urged called on Liberians to do away with vices that will divide Liberia, Africa’s oldest Republic to be law abiding.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.