20.01.2022 Liberia

Gender Ministry Consoles Bereaved Families of NewKru Town Stampede

Calls For Stringent Safety Measures At Public Gatherings
By Eric Pervist || Liberia
Gender Ministry Consoles Bereaved Families of NewKru Town Stampede
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(Monrovia, Liberia January 20, 2022)The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is saddened by the tragic incident at the D.Twe Football Field located in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia which reportedly claimed the lives of at least 30 people including 11 children.

As quoted by the media, this national disaster occurred as a result of a stampede during a church service crusade on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

The Ministry thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and friends as well as those nursing injuries.

Upon receiving this sad news, the Ministry immediately dispatched a team of social workers led by the Assistant Minister of Children and Social Protection at the site to aid those in distress. Currently, the team is documenting survivors - especially the children without visible parental attachments.

Additionally, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Williametta E. Saydee-Tarr has mandated the Ministry's psychosocial counselors to immediately begin the process of conducting psychosocial counseling to assist the bereaved families in handling the traumatic stress associated with such difficult moments.

The Ministry welcomes the call of the President H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah to the Liberia National Police to conduct a full-scale investigation.

Gender is hopeful that at the end of the investigation - stringent measures aimed at protecting public gatherings especially women and children who are usually the most affected will be enforced.

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