IJG Executive Director Seeks US President, Joe Biden’s Urgent Intervention To Combat Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic In Liberia

SOS Call

Jerome J. Verdier, Executive Director IJG

As Liberians battle with their second nightmare of death, the Coronavirus which has vowed to destroy human lives and ravaging Liberia to the highest, after Ebola killed hundreds of Liberians, and other foreign nationals, the Executive Director of International Justice Group (IJG) who is also a Civil Rights Activist and Chairman of the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), has written the President of the United States, Joe Biden calling for his intervention as Liberians helplessly battle this pandemic. Cllr. Jerome J. Verdier who is currently residing in the United States said in his letter dated July 4, 2021 below:

HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT JOSEPH R BIDEN, JR

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON, DC

GREETINGS, PRESIDENT BIDEN:

                        SOS PLEA FOR COVID – 19 INTERVENTION AND ASSISTANCES

 IT IS WITH PROFOUND HONOR AND GREAT HUMILITY, MR. PRESIDENT, THAT I MOST RESPECTFULLY, WRITE YOU THIS LETTER ONBEHALF OF MY ORGANIZATION AND THE PEOPLE OF LIBERIA, APPEALING FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE TO COMBAT THE DEADLY COVID-19 PANDEMIC, KILLING THE PEOPLE IN LIBERIA, AND DESTROYING THE LAND.

I AM A LIBERIAN ATTORNEY, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ERSTWHILE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION OF LIBERIA (TRC). I SOUGHT SHELTER AND PROTECTION FROM THE USA IN 2010 WHEN DUE TO INCESSANT THREATS, MY LIFE WAS IN IMMINENT DANGER; I FLED LIBERIA AND HAVE SINCE RESIDED IN THE USA.

INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL AND CUSTOMARY SATURDAYS, EVERY DAY IS A DAY OF FUNERAL AND BURIAL IN LIBERIA. OUR PEOPLE ARE DYING. COVID- 19 IS RAVISHING THE NATION. THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS GREATLY STRESSED AND ILL-PREPARED TO MOUNT AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC THREAT. IT IS STRESSED TO THE POINT OF COLLAPSE, IF IT HAS NOT COLLAPSED ALREADY.

THE FUTIRE IS VERY GRIM.

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PLEASE, HELP US, MR. PRESIDENT, WE NEED YOUR URGENT HELP. THE SOONER, THE BETTER.

MORE WILL DIE, EVENTUALLY IF NOTHING IS DONE TO COMBAT THE RISING INFECTION RATE OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS IN OUR MOTHERLAND. MANY ARE INFECTED WITHOUT KNOWING IT. WE ARE A NATION OF THE WALKING DEAD. THE LIMITED HOSPITAL FACILITIES ARE OVERWHELMED, THERE ARE NO BEDS, PEOPLE ARE “PRONOUNCED DEAD ON ARRIVAL” AND COMMUNITY BURIAL IS THE NORM, AS “FUNERAL HOMES” ARE DECLING NEW CLIENTELE. A HEALTHCARE CRISIS IS RAPIDLY TRANSFORMING INTO A SOCIAL – ECONOMIC CRISIS OF IMMEASURABLE PROPORTIONS.

THE REALITY OF OUR RECENT PAST IS FRAUGHT WITH UNWARRANTED DEATH AND MAYHEM. AN ESTIMATED 250,000 INNOCENT LIVES WERE LOST DURING THE CIVIL WAR OF 1989 – 2003. THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC FROM 2014 TO 2015 SAW A RECORD NUMBER OF 4, 809 DEATHS. IN BOTH OCCURANCES, IT TOOK THE LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE GLOBAL SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNNITY TO RESCUE LIBERIA FROM ITSELF.     

THIS IS ANOTHER SOS CALL, MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE HELP US.

LIBERIA NEEDS ALL THE HELP IT CAN GET, FROM YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. WITHOUT YOUR HELP, A CRITICALLY SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE ILLING, ENPOWERISHED AND DEJECTED POPULATION OF LIBERIA WILL BE WIPED OUT TO THE DEADLY COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MR PRESIDENT.

OUR COUNTRY IS DYING, MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE HELP US!

THERE IS NEITHER A RAPID RESPONSE PLAN IN PLACE, NOR A STRATEGIC PLAN TO EDUCATE, IMMUNIZE AND BUILD THE NATIONA’S DEFENSE MECHANISM, INSTITUTIONS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL MITIGATE THE CURRENT SPREAD, PREVENT MORE DEATHS AND GUARD AGAINST FUTURE PANDEMIC OR INFECTOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK IN LIBERIA.

WE NEED YOUR URGENT KIND ASSISTANCE, MR PRESIDENT, AND THE CONTINUED GOOD WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REVERSE OUR MISFORTUNE AND PREVENT A CATASTROPHE OF THE GRAVEST PROPORTION, YET IN LIBERIA; PLEASE, MR.  PRESIDENT, PLEASE INTERVENE AND SAVE OUR PEOPLE AND COUNTRY.

PLEASE INTERVENE AND HELP US, MR. PRESIDENT. WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND THE SUPPORT OF AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE OF LIBERIA WILL EVENTUALLY PERISH. WE NEED YOUR HELP, SUPPORT, AND INTERVENTION SO DESPERATELY.

PLEASE GIVE US A SECOND CHANCE, MR. PRESIDENT. YOU ARE THE LIFE WIRE THE NATION AND PEOPLE OF LIBERIA SO DESPERATELY NEED TO CROSSOVER, TO SURVIVE.

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THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT AND BEST WISHES FOR YOUR GOOD HEALTH AND THE SUCCESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, UNDER YOUR ABLED LEADERSHIP.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, MR PRESIDENT.

RESPECTFULLY YOURS, I SUBMIT.

JEROME J VERDIER, SR (CLLR)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT JOSEPH R BIDEN, JR

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THE WHITE HOUSE

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW

WASHINGTON, DC 20500

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