Over 30 members of the physically challenged community yesterday staged a one day sit-in action at the Foreign Ministry office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to draw the Liberian leader’s attention to their exclusion from national development programs in the country.
The disabled, under the banner “National Union Organization of the Disabled” amongst others called on the Liberian government to provide quality education, employment and basic social services in order for them to equally contribute their quota to the development of the country.
In a conversation with the Capitol Times, Madam Naomi B. Harris, spokesperson of the group indicated that members of the disable community are victims of marginalization, abuse and abandonment for a long time and they want the present government to promptly address their plight.
“For too long we have been abandoned by the government; we want the president to know that we too are citizens of this country,” Madam Harris lamented.
“Employment is our right, not a privilege; psychological torture is too much, we must be heard,” were some of the inscriptions on the placards that the disabled displayed.
“We were told by the president, during the state of the nation address that we, members of the disable community, will be afforded several opportunities including employment, but to date, we are yet to see the fulfillment of the promise she mentioned, the disabled boss said.
“We disabled are equally qualified, we have our members graduating yearly from various universities around the country but frustratingly most of them are yet to be absorbed by government,” she stressed.