Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Elephant Aggression Displaces Multitude

Source: allafrica.com


28 July 2010

Rampaging elephants who launched valiance of attacks against River Cess Citizens a month ago have left many persons displaced, and are reportedly said to be in search of new homes, food and shelter, as well as clothing and medication.

River-Cess County Representative Jerry Masahn made the revelation recently in Monrovia about the destructive nature of the wide elephants who he said, have caused his kinsmen to flee their towns and villages and were displaced in Mass numbers seeking refuge in Nezohn and other nearby surrounding towns in the area, something he said, is troubling and requires urgent attention from the government and its partners to save his people from further disaster.

About a month ago, wide elephants got on the rampage in River-Cess County and attacked facilities of a logging company operating in the area, extending its aggressive conducts on high-Ways, villages as well as impeding ongoing farming activities and sending few persons to their early graves.

Reports gathered from the county at the time revealed that the rampaging elephants merciless attacks against the people of River – Cess was intended to place a stay order on the activities of the logging company operating in the area , who the reports said was refusing to abide by the regulations of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) by not employing citizens of the county, especially the district it was carrying on its logging activities.

Consequently, one of the elephants was killed three weeks ago by hunters, but Representative Jerry Masahn disclosed that the violent conduct of the elephants left behind many problems among which were the massive displacement of citizens of the county, as a result of the destruction of their towns and villages including the destruction of farms in the county.

According to Rep. Masahn, his people whom were affected by the Elephants’ aggression were presently displaced and were sleeping in the open air without food and clothing, something he said, needed prompt intervention from government and other aid agencies to help liberate his people who he said were dying from pneumonia , starvation and other killer diseases from the heavy down pour of rain.

The River-Cess Lawmaker also revealed that Nezohn was jam packed with hundreds of displaced citizens as a consequence of the brutal and ruthless nature of the wide life, describing their situation as totally unbelievable and unacceptable.

He said as a result of the elephant invasion, currently there is no food for his people to eat, no medication and worst of all, he alarmed, children, women and the elderly people were getting sick, and that if nothing was done to immediately rescue the alarming situation, his citizens stand the risk of dying in mass.

However, Rep. Jerry Masahn felt short of disclosing how many of his kinsmen have died since their displacement, but insisted that many of his people were dying due to the heavy down pour of rain, diarrhea, cholera and other killer diseases.

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