SRSG Karen Landgren, Please Act Now!

first_imgOver a year ago a vehicle of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) slammed into a poor rural woman and her very young daughter in faraway Tappita, about 150 miles from Monrovia.  They both sustained broken legs and one of the mother’s legs had to be amputated.  The child also sustained broken teeth.  That was over a year ago and the mother and child are still languishing in Tappita, apparently forgotten!The Daily Observer and the Liberian public knew nothing about this sad story until the mother’s brother, James Toeman, traveled to Monrovia and walked into our office to tell us what had happened to his sister and niece.Our Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue wasted no time in reporting the story in yesterday’s newspaper. The Daily Observer management was grateful and impressed that UNMIL responded immediately to the story.  Matthew Elavanalthoduka, Officer-in-Charge of UNMIL’s Public Information, in a letter written the very next morning, referred to the article and stated that all UNMIL vehicles are insured. “Following the accident,” the letter continued, “UNMIL referred this matter to the insurance company and put the claimants in contact with the company.  UNMIL . . . has again followed up with the insurance company to facilitate urgent communication between the company and the claimants in this matter.”Unfortunately, the UNMIL letter did not name the insurance company.  Otherwise we would have contacted the company to determine what it had done for these sick, destitute and hapless people.  Now here we are, over a year following the accident, and the victims can hardly move around because they were provided no crutches, nor has the child’s teeth been attended to.UNMIL should know that most insurances companies do not rush to attend to accident victims, especially in a faraway place as Tappita.  We believe that if the company had gone to find the victims, something may have been done to attend to their urgent needs.  But a year later and no serious relief—not even crutches to help them walk?  Surely UNMIL does not expect this woman and child, who cannot even walk, to travel to Monrovia to run behind an insurance company.  They most probably have never even heard of such a thing—an insurance company—nor perhaps ever travelled to Monrovia.  How would they get here in the first place?  Who would pay their fares?   How would they manage mobility-wise since their feet are injured and they have no crutches.  Where would they stay and how would they be able to find the insurance company?   It is for these reasons that we feel compelled to appeal directly to Madam Karen Landgren, the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), for her immediate, direct and compassionate intervention in this case, to bring some relief to these poor, injured and helpless people.One last thing: about three weeks ago, just down the street from the Daily Observer office, an unattended UNMIL truck crossed Camp Johnson Road and ran up the sidewalk near the AMEU University, killing instantly a shoe shine boy who was sitting there.We don’t know what has happened to that case, but we appeal again to the SRSG to look into it as soon as possible  and ensure that justice is done to this other unfortunate family, including children, if any, affected by the sudden and unexpected loss of their father.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After all the furore, WWE still moving forward with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia

first_imgAdvertisementAmidst the ongoing uncertainty that looms around Crown Jewel, WWE remains unfazed and looks set to go ahead with the PPV in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia listed for next Friday. This comes in the aftermath of the suspected murder of Saudi national and 60 year old journalist Jamal Khashoggi.WWE has remained silent on the entire situation and instead, had begun scouting alternative venues for Crown Jewel. But, due to the tight scheduling, it looks like that the company has been unsuccessful in their attempts to find a new location at such short notice.Following the death of Khashoggi, more than 75% of the WWE Universe voted for Crown Jewel to be cancelled while top superstars like John Cena and Daniel Bryan are reluctant to work the show.Still awaiting confirmation on Bryan, but John Cena is still 100% off the show.As reported by @iamjohnpollock, the WWE were hopeful they’d come to terms with Cena, but there’s been zero change on John’s end.— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) October 25, 2018WWE has been under immense pressure in recent weeks to pull out of their ties with Saudi Arabia. However, Vince McMahon will not risk cancelling the event as a loss of $12-16 million beckons upon him if he were to call off Crown Jewel.The King Saud University Stadium will serve as the host with Shawn Michaels making his much anticipated in-ring return after an eight-year gap. HBK reunites with Triple H to face off against the Brothers of Destruction, Kane and The Undertaker in tag team competition while an eight-man World Cup Tournament will determine which superstar will be hailed as ‘The Best in the World.’Advertisementlast_img read more