The victims, mostly women, said since they were made homeless as the result of heavy flooding from the Atlantic occasion. Many of them cannot afford to sustain themselves as everything including money and clothes got destroyed due to the sea erosion.
Speaking yesterday in Virginia, the head of the women group, Juah Nimeley, said while it is true that they appreciate the efforts of the Government ensuring that they get better housing, they need assistance that would stabilize their lives until the houses are ready.
Madam Nimeley said they need assistance like micro-loan projects which will make them sustainable in society and help Government in raising more revenues in the community.
She said the loan does not necessarily mean cash, but goods like rice, and other consumable goods which can be credited from merchandize stores through the assistance of Government.
Sea erosion remains a nightmare for West Point leaving over 6,800 families homeless as the natural disaster continues to threaten Monrovia’s biggest slum.
Five months ago, just 32 families were relocated to newly constructed zinc shacks in the VOA community in Virginia, outside Monrovia. The NHA has already commenced the construction of permanent structures for the relocation of more families.
Five months ago the relocated erosion victims were expressing relief, but now life is harsh in VOA almost like the threat they faced from the Atlantic Ocean back in West Point.
They complaint about of lack of drinking water, poor sanitation and limited means of livelihood are on top of the list of challenges as they struggle to settle in their new surroundings.
Lucy Barbioh is the Chairlady of the relocated West Point victims in VOA. She says it’s been three months since they received assistance, although President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in August, paid them a solidarity visit.
Oldma Barbioh said she used to sell used-clothes before she lost her home to the aggressive sea waves, but now she does nothing and is unable to cater to her grand children who are out of school due to lack of public school in the area.
Morris Kollie, a father of five children, says he cannot cater to his family because his 15 years’ experience of tailoring is now useless to the new community since there are no clients.
Kollie’s family now faces a ‘difficult problem’ since moving to their new home. He complains that promises made by government are not forthcoming.
Despite complaints, NHA says it made the appropriate decision to relocate the victims to VOA since that locale is in close proximity with the Atlantic Ocean which could afford them access to their seafaring livelihood.