Women Activist, Journalist Condemns SGBV Perpetrators Amid Abuse Of Women On The Increase

From Emmanuel S. Koffa | GNN Correspondent| Grand Kru County |

PUL Grand Kru Coordinator James Myking Suah

James Myking Suah, women Activist has strongly condemned the high level of Sexual Gender Based Violence acts in Liberia, and the abuse of women and girls which has rising up in Grand Kru County.

Suah who is also and Liberian journalist, and Press Union of Liberia Coordinator in Grand Kru County, and a Women Activist trained by UN Women to report on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) issues across the county, said such situation in the County is worrisome.

Suah’s statement comes in the wake of the mysterious death of a 12-year-old girl rape victim which was reported on July 24, 2020 by hospital staffers, has created serious concern of right advocates in Liberia.

It can be recalled in June the late 12-years -old girl was allegedly raped by a 29 years old man identified as Augustine Yeah in Kaybor Wedabo Statutory District in Grand Kru County.

When Augustine Yeah committed the act he escaped and later move to a gold mining camp in Dentiken and the Liberia National Police was, able to get the alleged perpetrator on July 3, 2020 he was brought to Barclayville and charged with statutory rape and according to police report; he was forwarded to the magisterial court for trail.

The Victim was taken to the Rally Town Hospital, the county’s referral hospital but because of her, dangerous condition at that time, hospital staffers could not easily handle her they recommended a referral to the J.J. Dickson Hospital in Harper, Maryland County.

According to Myking Suah, When the case was firstly reported, it claimed the attention of the Gender Ministry and other group of women in Liberia and she was transferred to Monrovia at the SGBV treatment center but suddenly she was pronounced dead because of the injured sustain from the rape.

Mr. Suah is calling onthe government of Liberia and the Liberia National Police to starts to arrest parents, individual, community leaders who will want to compromise rape issues and SGBV related cases noting that justice should be served.

He disclosed that just in three months’ time Liberia has reported over six hundred rape cases across the county.

Mr. Suah revealed that he is also following up a Statutory Rape case that involved the City Solicitor City at the Sorroken Magisterial Court in Grand Kru County, Francis Kaydor, 33, is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl on June 14 in Naweken Trehn District.

Prosecutor denies

The local prosecutor has denied the allegation.

But his denial of the allegation did not stop the Women and Children Protection Division of the county’s police detachment from nailing him with the charge of Statutory Rape.

The suspect was then sent to the Newaken Magisterial Court, which has since forwarded the case to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Barclayville, the provincial capital.

James However said, there are rumors in the corridor of Grand Kru and Maryland that the local legal practitioner who sent to the Harper Central prison he is allegedly not in cell, but the information is yet to be confirmed by county Attorney and prison authorities.

Speaking to our Grand Kru County correspondent, Mr. Suah wants the Gender Ministry to intensify its awareness in rural communities across the country to better educate those who are always in the act of abusing women and girl and to inform the people about women rights and how destroys it is when man raped a teenager.

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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.