VP Koung Urges Youths to Abandon Illicit Mining After Tragic Mudslide That Claimed At least 11 Lives

Apr 4, 2024 - 20:10
Apr 4, 2024 - 20:10
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VP Koung Urges Youths to Abandon Illicit Mining After Tragic Mudslide That Claimed At least 11 Lives

By: Benjamin Keibah

Following a devastating mudslide that claimed the lives of 11 individuals in Chio Town, Rivercess County, Liberia's Vice President, Jeremiah Kpan Koung, delivered a poignant plea to the community's youth. Standing amidst the aftermath of the tragedy, Vice President Koung emphatically urged the young residents to abandon the perilous practice of illicit mining, cautioning against the false belief that the recent loss of life would yield greater gold deposits. Instead, he passionately advocated for the pursuit of sustainable agricultural endeavors as a means of securing livelihoods and safeguarding against further calamity.


Accompanied by a delegation of government officials, including National Security Advisor Cllr. Samuel Kofi Woods and Rivercess County Legislative Caucus chair Willington Geevon-Smith, Vice President Koung embarked on a sobering tour of the mining site. Witnessing firsthand the hazardous conditions that had claimed the lives of their fellow citizens, the Vice President conveyed heartfelt condolences to the grieving families, underscoring the government's commitment to offering support during their time of bereavement.

As a tangible demonstration of solidarity and assistance, the Liberian government provided financial aid, rice, and mattresses to the affected families. Recognizing the underlying socioeconomic challenges driving youth involvement in illicit mining, Senator Geevon-Smith emphasized the imperative of creating sustainable job opportunities within the county. Pointing to the absence of concession companies in the region, he underscored the need for concerted efforts to address unemployment and deter illicit activities among the youth.

Echoing sentiments of gratitude, Paramount Chief John Sowee expressed appreciation for the government's swift response and support in the aftermath of the tragedy. With the community reeling from the loss of loved ones, the collective call for sustainable livelihoods and enhanced economic opportunities resonated as a beacon of hope amidst adversity.

In the wake of tragedy, Liberia stands united in its resolve to confront the challenges facing its communities, offering support, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to building a safer, more prosperous future for all.

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Z Benjamin Gabriel Keibah Greetings! I'm Z Benjamin Gabriel Keibah, a passionate Liberian journalist born on October 16, 1999, dedicated to shedding light on compelling human interest stories and delving into the heart of investigative reporting. As a storyteller, my mission is to bring a voice to the narratives that often go unheard. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to uncovering the truth, I specialize in crafting stories that resonate with the human experience. Join me on a journey through the intricacies of the human condition as we explore the untold tales that shape our world. Through the lens of journalism, I strive to make a meaningful impact, one story at a time. You can contact me on 231886164149/231778916953 or zbenjaminkeibah22@gmail.com