Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I have been following the case of five Liberian girls who were adopted in 2005 from an orphanage in Liberia, by an Oklahoma couple who were later convicted early this year of abusing the oldest child.
Members of the Liberian community in Oklahoma and other concern groups have been trying to have the Oklahoma department of human services remove the remaining children from the care of this couple, but in a huge setback yesterday an Oklahoma judge ruled that the children should remain in the care of these monsters.
In a closed hearing Monday, Major County District Judge Vinson Barefoot ruled that the girls would remain with their adopted parents Verlon Tyler and Penny sue Tyler despite testimony from the couple's own 28-year-old son that he, too, was abused by them as a child.
The abused older girl, now 13, endured abuse from her entire adopted family, the girl was tied to bedposts, forced to sleep outside and denied food for several days as punishment, authorities say.
She also was abused by the Tyler’s biological children. according to court records the couple's son Ashton Tyler 20, was charged and convicted with rape by instrumentation, and their daughter who is 21 was charged with assault and battery. She is living with relatives in another state.
This is truly unbelievable, how can a judge who is suppose to be looking out for the interest of these kids, let venerable children stay in the care of these monsters?
Melvin Johnson a Liberian attorney who is based in Atlanta, and represents the girls, said he will appeal the decision, and has plans to investigate the couple for adoption fraud."These children should not be living with convicted, longtime child abusers,” Johnson said.
We urged Liberian communities all across the U.S to get involved with this case, we also urged the Liberian Embassy to do what ever it can to get these girls out of the care of these people, they are still technically Liberian Citizens, and our government must do all it can to ensure their safety and protection.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf finally declared that she intends to seek the Presidency for a second term earlier this year, many of us who are her loyal supporters were ecstatic, and overjoyed.
Since the President's announcement that she would seek a second term in office, her detractors and some opposition politicians in Monrovia have attack her move as unconstitutional. Some like Charles Brumskine of the Liberty party have said the Sirleaf administration has been an utter failure,
Brumskine stated that no administration in the history of the country has received more international aid, benefited from more multilateral assistance, and been the target of such international goodwill as the Sirleaf government.“Yet after four years of being in power, about 85% of the population is still unemployed and four out of every five Liberians cannot find $1 dollar a day on which to live. For the ordinary Liberian, not much has changed. In fact, life has gotten harder”, he said.
Most of us Liberians have had it with these so call politicians who are all talk but nothing else, what really do they expect? that the country would build itself, and go back to its prewar status in just four years, even if Mr Brumskine was President would he have accomplished half of what the Sirleaf administration have done so far? we have seen the effect of what these kinds of nonsensical statements have had on our society before, we remember clearly the 1979 rice riot, in which opposition politicians claimed the progressive government of President William R Tolbert was corrupt, and encourage our people to violence which ultimately led to the brutal assassination of the President, all for what? because Baccus Matthews and other politicians said the price of rice was too high. Today our country is still paying the price for what happen thirty something years ago.
Looking at where we are today, and compared to where we were before President Sirleaf took office, we can rightly say with full confidence that the country is in a much better shape, that the President and her team have done a remarkable job under the many difficult circumstances to put the Liberian people and the Country back on the road to prosperity. The Country's Image abroad has been restored, the rehabilitation of the nation is in full swing, the Country now boast one of the freest press in all Africa, something we could only dream of just few years ago.
President Sirleaf said that she was ignoring her pledge in 2005 not to seek re-election, as she was not aware then about the huge amount of hard work to be undertaken in rebuilding the country which is recovering from years of civil war. She also said that her decision to seek re-election was prompted by her successes in governing.
We could not agree more, She is an able and experience leader, and she continues to be in my opinion the right person, the only person, to lead Liberia for a second time at this critical time in our history.
So Madame President we wholeheartedly support your bid for a second term as President of Liberia............ MA ELLEN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2011