Fellow Liberians home and abroad. Ladies and Gentlemen of The Press. Today is about six (6) months now since Liberian activist Martin K. N. Kollie, fled into exile after series of attacks on his life by security operatives and thuggish elements of this CDC-led government. Though in exile, but his voice remains aloud in defense of public interest.
While in exile, he formed a pro-democracy and pro-Liberian movement/platform dubbed and styled “Voices from Exile – VEx”. Today makes it exactly 2 months since VEx was birthed in March of this year.
Fellow Liberians home and abroad, Ladies and Gentlemen, VEx recognizes the importance and urgency to stand with and stand by our people especially during these troubling and tragic times of global health emergency. We must reach out to save lives and inspire optimism.
While we vehemently pursue social justice and equal rights for all Liberians, we must not also forget that economic freedom is as well a national imperative. Due to the harsh consequences and/or economic burden imposed on our people as a result of this life-threatening disease (COVID-19), Voices from Exile (VEx) sees it prudent to donate food and anti-COVID-19 flyers to vulnerable Liberians.
We consider this as our foremost obligation to inspire hope through needed assistance during this time of crisis or emergency. The Liberian people, especially the masses, can be assured of our continuous support and solidarity. VEx is here to stand for them, stand by them, stand with them, and stand in defense of their ultimate interest.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce the donation of the following items to four (4) different vulnerable groups or institutions:
- Thirty (30) Bags of Rice
- Fifty (50) Nose Masks
- Eight (8) Gallons of Argo Oil
- One (1) Carton of Detergent Soap
- Twelve (12) Bottles of Clorox
- Half (1/2) Carton of Vita Cube
- Five Hundred (500) Anti-COVID Color Flyers.
The following institutions are beneficiaries of this humbled gesture or donation from VEx:
- S. Grant Mental Health Center, Duport Road, Paynesville
- Antoinette Tubman Orphanage, 10th Street, Sinkor
- Mission of Hope for The Disabled, Rehab Community, Jacob Town
- Christian Association of The Blind (CAB), R2 Community, RIA Highway.
The total cost of this initiative is US$615 plus L$6,060. Voices from Exile (VEx) is grateful to God for his divine providence. Our gratitude goes out to all of our esteemed supporters, sympathizers, followers, and well-wishers for their continuous contribution to this platform (VEx). Let us continue to work harder in pursuit of a New Liberia.
Voices from Exile (VEx) wants to use this occasion to call on the Weah-led government, especially security personnel, to refrain from using brute force against our people. We call on President George Weah to fulfill his “Stimulus Package” without any further delay. There is no real solution in political rhetoric and publicity stunt. VEx also condemns the 4G passage of the “Recast Budget” and describes such course of action as CRIMINAL, ILLEGAL, UNPATRIOTIC, and a COUP against Liberians. The Weah-led government must refrain from plundering State resources. Enough of this looting after almost 3 years. It is time to focus on public interest.
VEx encourages all Liberians to observe those basic health protocols including “social distancing”, hand washing, staying at home, etc. Stay safe as we together pursue this collective agenda of a New Liberia.
Signed: Martin K. N. Kollie
Exiled Liberian activist, columnist, and chief convener
Voices from Exile (VEx)
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