By Edwin G. Wandah
The Monrovia Ducor Lions Club on Thursday last week donated a consignment of food to inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison, South Beach.The food which comprised cooked rice and soup was enough to feed the over thousands of inmates confined at the Monrovia Central Prison. Several of the inmates, predominantly young inmates were receiving their share of the food ration, which was measured in giant sized plastic plates enough for all of them.
Making the donation, the President of the Monrovia Ducor Lions Club, Lion Momo T. Cyrus said, his organization saw the need to feed the inmates based on the passion his leadership had had. He further stated that his organization will embark on other initiatives that will seek to support humanity.
He intimated that those confined in various holding cells are humans, and should not be seen as bad people and added that it was prudent for people to stop referring to those people in negative ways.
The Monrovia Ducor Lion Boss expressed his organization’s concerns about the inmates’ condition, saying, that they should not be abandoned. “The well-being of these inmates is very important and we should feel part of them. If we don’t come to these people’s aid, who do you think will do so?” he asked.
He called on other entities in the country, including Liberians to follow suit, as the inmates serving various sentences are humans, but found to be confined in cell. Lion Momo Cyrus lauded the government for the construction of the Monrovia Central Prison, but said there was a need for bigger and more conducive holding cell that could host the many inmates.
Meanwhile, several female inmates at the Central Prisons are calling on the government to at least fast track some of those minor cases which took most of them to jail.
Speaking to the media, an eighteen-year old inmate, (name withheld), said, she had been serving jail sentence at the prison for more than six months now without her case adjudicated. “I have been here since six months now, and the court has not even pre-tried my case,” she stated.
Most of the inmates spoken to complained of congested cells, poor nutrition and overcrowdings at the Central Prison. According to them, the bad condition at the prison is causing serious health problems for them.
Our reporter saw that those correction officers at the prison were neatly dressed and professional in their approach to the Lions Club family who went to make the donation. Several officials of the Monrovia Ducor Lions Club, including its former President Lion B. Rachell Yabah-Dunbah, current Secretary General Lion Hawa Kiadi, as well as the 2nd Vice President Lion Miatta Kuteh were seen serving the inmates with their food ration.
While the feeding exercise was ongoing, Ducor Lion President Momo T. Cyrus was seen serving the plates which the food was served in, ably assisted by a host of officials including, Ducor Lion Tamer, Lion Priscilla E. Quaye.
“Wow!!! I have not seen such a generous people in my life,” one of the male inmates stated. “These people are God fearing people; we are thankful to them for this gesture and I pray that God provide more support from them,” another inmate stated. As of last week Thursday, there was about 30 females and over thousands of male inmates confined at the Monrovia Central Prison.
Several Liberians are hailing the Ducor Lions President Lion Momo T. Cyrus because according to them, Lion Cyrus’ leadership has begun on a positive note and if he continues, he may undoubtedly achieve his goal.