Concerned Widows And Children of The Armed Forces Off Liberia Threaten Another Protest

Madam Allison stated that each widow is entitled to US$1,000, negotiated down from US$1,500 due to financial constraints faced by the previous administration.

MONROVIA – The leadership of Concerned Widows and Children of the Armed Forces of Liberia has issued another ultimatum to President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, demanding action on their grievances by March 15, 2024, or they will stage a protest in the streets of Monrovia.

By Blamo N. Toe, Contributing Writer

These women, some of them who lost their husbands during the Liberian civil crisis while defending the nation, have been advocating for their benefits. Some have unfortunately passed away during this struggle.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, February 19, 2024, at their Star Base Office on Bushrod Island, Chairperson Madam Mary Allison recalled a meeting arranged by former President George Manneh Weah in 2018, which lasted 10 days. The meeting, facilitated by former Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee, saw Weah offering L$20,000 to over 2,000 children in December 2023, with a promise to address the widows’ concerns had he won the 2023 presidential election. However, with Ambassador Boakai now in office, the widows are pressing for action.

Madam Allison stated that each widow is entitled to US$1,000, negotiated down from US$1,500 due to financial constraints faced by the previous administration. She urged President Boakai to empower them through agricultural and commercial activities to achieve self-sufficiency and support their families.

Additionally, Madam Allison appealed to Vice President Jeremiah Kpan Koung and Senate Pro-Tempore Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence to intervene and facilitate discussions with President Boakai to resolve the issue promptly.

“Please, I’m appealing again from now till next month the 15th, please call us on a round table to see how best to settle the AFL widows, from now till March 15, please, I’m appealing to your office President Boakai, call your cabinets y’all go  meet to see how best to settle the AFL widows. Let this thing finish so we can go into agriculture. I want you to put us into agriculture Mr. Boakai and see whether we will not produce,” she stressed.

She emphasized the urgency of the matter, urging President Boakai to address the widows’ needs and dismiss any rumors surrounding them. Madam Allison clarified that their membership stands at 2,500, excluding the children settled by former President Weah.

Despite the government’s debt of US$1,000 to each widow, Madam Allison suggested that President Boakai could use his discretion to provide support for their self-sustainability.

However, she warned that if their demands are not met, they will mobilize all 2,500 widows to protest in Monrovia’s streets, cooking palm butter in their cook pots as a demonstration until their grievances are addressed.

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