$30B could have gone into restructuring sugar industry

first_imgDear Editor,The greatest enigma Guyanese have experienced is the way forward for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) – to close the estates, to diversify, to make all viable and then sell some, and to downsize and to ‘upsize’. Even the sugar workers who were dismissed are being fed with euphemistic epithets to give them some mental reprieve.We were told in February this year that $10-15 billion is needed to open the closed estates and then sell them to fetch a ‘good’ price and then a week later we were told that $30 billion is needed ‘to provide much capital injection, support infrastructure maintenance, and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt’.There are so many variations, combinations and permutations that Guyanese are perplexed and in a quandary as to what actually is the fate of GuySuCo and those who depends on it. The $15 billion loan was supposed to be finalised in March this year but that did not come to pass. However, what is more mysterious is the fact that although the $30 billion loan did materialise, it is just apparently sitting in the bank accumulating interest which will cost us US$40 million. It was supposed to be utilised for capital injection and infrastructure maintenance and other upgrades. This apparently did not happen, since the starting of the second crop was postponed because of impassable dams. The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) had the entire out-of-crop period to fix the dams but they did not and it is evident that any amount of rainfall will surely affect the achievement of this crop’s target. This is what happened in the first crop this year. If the SPU is so short-sighted as to not fix the dams, it makes us wonder how they are going to make GuySuCo viable.In fact, during the out of crop period, I saw a backbreaking exercise at one of the estates where tractor and bell loader operators have to break concrete columns to fill holes at the back-dam. It just goes to show the ingenuity the estate managers must employ to get the crop started whilst the SPU is sitting on the $30 billion loan oblivious of the struggles faced by management.However, apart from the harsh economic realities which the dismissed sugar workers have to grapple with, the depressed state of the communities affected and the overall economic decline, the embarrassingly short-sighted and dumb decision to close the Skeldon Estate is now affecting the profit-making Skeldon Energy Company Incorporated (SECI) which despite millions being spent to get it in operation, there is not enough biomass to generate power. When the Estate was in operation, the source was the bagasse from sugarcane production but with the closure of the Estate and the downsizing of sugar production, this cannot be realised. In addition, though a meeting was held earlier this year to source wood, cone husk and rice straw to be substitutes, this is yet to be realised. The former President of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Mohamed Raffik had bluntly said ‘it is not possible’ and it seems that his prophecy is being fulfilled. Therefore, we can expect to have frequent blackouts since the back-up from the Skeldon Energy Company Incorporated (SECI) to the Guyana Power and Light grid will be unavailable.The coalition Government, when in Opposition had lambasted the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government for the subsidising of GuySuCo to keep it afloat, to inject much needed capital and to support infrastructure maintenance. During the period of 2011 to 2015, the PPP injected $26 billion dollars with all the estates in operation with no job loss.On the other hand the coalition Government in less than three years injected more than $32 billion, and managed to close three estates, dismiss 7000 workers and could only manage to produce just over 100,000 tonnes of sugar. Now another $30 billion is needed to make the estates viable. It makes me wonder if this coalition Government will ever make GuySuCo viable or the $30 billion loan is just another victim of the gross mismanagement and squandermania we have witnessed during the past three years!I am in total agreement with the Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo that the $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry, while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

Teenager killed in Aurora Public Road accident

first_imgBy: Indrawattie NatramThe Cunjah family of Pomona Housing Scheme, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), is mourning the death of their teenaged family who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident Thursday evening on the Aurora Public Road.Dead: Major Cunjah, also known as “Kevin”Dead is Major Cunjah aka Kevin. The pillion rider Warner Prashad, 22, is nursing injuries at the Suddie Public Hospital and listed as stable. The incident occurred around 17:25 hours.Cunjah family related that Major along with his cousins went for a ride to Supenaam and upon returning they skidded off the road. She said the news came as a shock to the family.The two young adults were picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the hospital. Both Cunjah and Prashad sustained injuries to their head, feet and abdomen.The relatives related that it was an usual thing for the two boys to go for an evening ride to Supenaam.The deceased was described as a very loving and obedient child. He recently returned from the interior where he worked as a miner.Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Police football team gets sport equipment

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force’s Under-15 football team, which is based in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Some of the youths participating in the summer programme organised by F Division of the GPFMazaruni), was the recipient of a generous amount of sporting equipment that was donated recently.The donation was a collective effort made by members of the business community in Bartica, which falls under the jurisdiction of F Division (Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine). The sport equipment amounted to the value of approximately $200,000.This donation comes at the time when the Divisional Commander, Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram, is hosting a summer programme for youths within the community at the Bartica and Agatash Community centres.During the two-week programme, the youths were engaged in learning life skills, such as the production of art and craft and floral arrangements. They were also exposed to many interactive sessions where they were given moral boosting pep talks on maintaining healthy lifestyles and national symbols and songs. The youths were encouraged, as well, to be positive role models and to use their energies in a positive and productive manner.A closing ceremony will be held for the programme, which saw the participation of more than 120 youths from Bartica and nearby villages, on August 28. There is expected to be an exhibition where the creation of the participants will be on display.Activities such as these are being undertaken against the backdrop of the Police Force’s continuous efforts to make progress in building public trust through community-based initiatives.One such initiative which continues to bear fruit is the Social Crime Prevention Initiative – a brainchild of Commissioner Seelall Persaud that is being sustained and enhanced by Divisional Commanders in the seven Policing Divisions.This initiative aims to bring the Police and communities together by enhancing their relationship, and in a more focused sense, tackling crime at a grass root stage whils providing support for the social and educational development of youths across Guyana.last_img read more

156 students graduate from GSA

first_imgThe Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) conducted its 52nd Graduation Exercise consisting of its biggest batch of 156 students, on Friday at the School’s Campus in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.From Left: Paul White, Jamaul Wilson, Anisa Mancey, Tanisha Thompson and Rabindranauth MohalAttendees at the graduation consisted of the school’s Principal, Dindyal Permaul, Chief Executive Officer Brian Greenidge, director Dexter Allen, chairman of the board of directors and Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education Olatto Sam, as well as Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder, among other board members, academic staff and the graduating students.Speaking to the students the Minister of Agriculture congratulated them for having successfully completed their studies, and offered words of advice as the graduating class of 2016 moves on to other endeavours.“As you go on to higher and better things, I hope you carry a positive mindset. Your thoughts are yours and must be controlled. It is perhaps one of the most important resources you have,” Holder said.Holder further advised them to take control of their future and pursue jobs that would enable them to become independent, highlighting that there will be considerations of GSA providing assistance to graduates who may find it difficult in acquiring a job. He asserted that this may be done through the establishment of internship programmes within partnering entities.“Seize the opportunity with open arms and commit to the task at hand…The youth unemployment rate across the Caribbean averages 25 per cent, while here in Guyana this rate has been hovering close to 40 per cent. It is clear that we can turn to our agriculture sector for aid in tackling this problem. Additionally, for the industry to attain sustainability, it must address the aging farming population by promoting greater involvement of our youths in agriculture.”The Graduating Class of 2016 consisted of 84 pupils who completed their Diploma in Agriculture, 15 acquired a Certificate in Agriculture, 10 graduated with a Diploma in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health, 36 received a Certificate in Forestry and 11 acquired a Certificate in Agro-Processing.Receiving the Chief Executive Officer Prize was Rabindranauth Mohal, who also acquired the spot of Best Performance in Agronomy, Experimental Methods, Veterinary Science, and Diploma in Agriculture Class.Following him was Jamaul Wilson, who received the Chairman’s Prize, and also copped the position of Outstanding Performance in Forest Resource Management, Timber Harvesting, and Forestry Class.Anisa Mancey was awarded prizes for Best Performance in Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Public Health, Animal Physiology and Veterinary Anatomy, Animal Nutrition, Surgery, Animal Breeding and Reproductive Physiology, Pharmacology, and Best Overall Performance in Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health Class.last_img read more

Surujbally dodges questions,awaits audit findings

first_imgGECOM’s radio set fiascoDr Steve Surujbally, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), which is currently consumed in allegations of deep-rooted corruption, is dodging questions regarding issues of financial irregularities plaguing the electoral body involving the procurement of 50 High Frequency (HF) Communication Radios and stationery from a Water Street businessman.State auditors earlier this month launched a major probe after the Audit Office of Guyana reportedly noticed discrepancies with the purchasing of 50 VHF communication radios by GECOM for close to $100 million, prior to the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, raising concerns over the extraordinarily high cost of the equipment.When contacted Monday, Dr Surujbally said he prefers to await the findings of state auditors currently perusing the books of the commission: “We are awaiting the result of the audit; let the auditors tell us that has happened or that has not happened. Let us be clear on a matter. I cannot pronounce on a matter that is still being investigated.”He went on to attempt to exonerate himself from the fiasco by stating that he is not responsible for the financial affairs of the Commission, but rather the Chief Elections Officer, making particular reference to the 2011 General and Regional Elections from whence some of the fraud allegations stemmed.“In 2015 when we had the elections, the accounting officer is the Chief Elections Officer,” Dr Surujbally highlighted.In March 2014, Keith Lowenfield was appointed Chief Elections Officer and continues to serve in that capacity. Lowenfield could not be contacted Monday for a comment as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.The radio sets were reportedly purchased for use during the 2015 General and Regional Elections, particular in the outlying regions; however, they were never put into use after it was discovered many of them were outdated and non-functional.GECOM reportedly sought quotations from several suppliers, both local and international, but handed the contract for the supply of the equipment to Mobile Authority, a company owned by a Water Street, Georgetown, businessman.There were reports that some of the equipment purchased were obsolete and therefore not covered by warranty.As a matter of fact, sections of the Guyanese media reported that the Australian-based manufacturer, Barrett Communications, distanced itself from the purchase, making it clear that while it had tendered through the Advanced Office Systems for the supply of new radio equipment for the 2015 elections; GECOM subsequently cancelled the order.Further, the company revealed that it had ceased to produce the equipment more than five years ago.Many questions are being raised as to why GECOM would choose to purchase such expensive equipment from a small company here and totally ignoring the manufacturer or authorised distributor of the equipment, which have implications for warranty.Meanwhile, more questionable procurements by the body surfaced at the weekend with fresh reports that the Commission doled out close to another $100 million to M-Tech Business Solutions, another company owned by the same Water Street businessman, this time for the supply of toners used for photocopiers and printers, office furniture and equipment, photo paper and scanners, printing accessories, and even Duracell batteries.According to reports, based on records available, GECOM may have been involved in some amount of contract splitting.Already the political Opposition issued a call for a full public disclosure of the final audit report.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s office in a statement, said that it noted with “deep concern” the allegations of irregularity and the implications of corruption in the procurement of the communication equipment and the “the corresponding silence” of both Dr Surujbally, and Lowenfield.last_img read more

‘Don’t Lose Hope in the Fight against Ebola’

first_imgAs the death rate of the deadly Ebola is increasing in the country, a prominent citizen of Bomi County has called on her kinsmen not to lose hope in the face of the spread of the disease.“Don’t lose hope in the face of this Ebola crisis which is claiming the lives of our people in the country.  What we need to do now as citizens is to follow the Ministry of Health preventive measures and put aside the traditional practices of burying dead bodies,” Cllr.  Frances Johnson Allison, who is also former head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) advised her people.She made the call over the weekend when she visited the McDonald Street office of the Daily Observer, after she identified with several quarantined family members in the county.   Cllr. Allison is also a senatorial aspirant of Bomi County. She said her donation followed after she learnt that there is growing number of Ebola death cases in her native homeland.“As a prominent citizen of this county, it’s important to identify with my people in this difficult period in the history of the country, we don’t need to sit down and allow government alone to fight the Ebola disease,” she added.As part of her visit in the county, Cllr. Allison also donated several items, including bags of rice, oil, buckets detergent soap, and some sanitary materials to Ebola survivals, marketers, Motorcyclists among others.She put the value of the items to a little over US$500.According to her, if Liberians were to unite themselves and exercise hope, they would shortly defeat the deadly virus from their country.“We can use this crisis to stand and work together for the betterment of our dearly country, Liberia that is bleeding from this ugly disease,” she admonished.“You are aware that we have suffered from the prolonged civil war that has plunged our country into total mess. It is now time for us to hold together to fight and defend it from falling deeply into destruction,” Cllr. Allison further added.Although not a political campaign period for now as election is suspended, Cllr. Allison’s picture was on every package she presented to people of Bomi to get people perhaps remember her when the senatorial election which she intends to contest comes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Court Rejects Accused FDA Managers Re-arrest Order

first_imgA request by state lawyers that the Court ignored a US$1.5 million bail-bond—secured on behalf of several former managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), on Tuesday, April 8,—and re-arrest them, was denied by Criminal Court ‘C’. That left the defendants ‘free to walk,’ pending final determination of the case by the Court.The Prosecution had asked the court to set aside the US$1.5 million bail-bond issued and tendered by Medicare Insurance Company and the Insurance Company of Africa.They argued that the bond was insufficient considering the more than US$13million allegedly stolen by the defendants from government; the Prosecution had asked that the bail be double the amount it had sued for.Defense lawyers however pleaded that the Prosecution’s request be denied, relying on the Insurance Companies to ensure that the defendants appearance bond produced them in Court at the appointed time.In the Court’s ruling, Judge Blamo Dixon declared: “The defendants’ bonds are hereby allowed and permitted, since their sureties have justified said bail- bond.The bonds of the defendants shall stand or same shall be retained pending notice from the Court. It is hereby ordered.”Judge Dixon further declared, “the two companies, Insurance Company of Africa and Medicare Insurance Company serving as sureties for the defendants promised that they will guarantee their day to day appearance in court pending final determination of the case.”Quoting Article 21, Section (8), Sub-section one and two of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, the Criminal Court Judge said it provides that “All persons shall be bailable upon their personal recognizance or by sufficient sureties, depending upon the gravity of the charge.”Judge Dixon added that: “excessive bail would not be allowed.”He further ruled,  “In view of the law controlling as found in Section 53.6 of the Civil Procedure Law and section 13.4 of the Criminal Procedure Law, the court is constrained to allow the bail bond of the defendants.”Surprisingly, none of the government lawyers were seen in Court on Tuesday, when the Court ruled in connection with their request. The former managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), including it managing director, Moses Wogbeh, were jointly indicted with multiple crimes:  economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery, or counterfeiting, obtaining, obstruction of government by public servant, etc., in connection with the much publicized Private Use Permits (PUPs) saga.Following that, the indictment was served on them (defendants) and they were brought under the jurisdiction of the Court. They were subsequently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison, pending the filing of a bail-bond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football vs. Education

first_imgA very interesting debate is taking place on the Liberian football landscape – one that could determine whether the face of Liberia changes or remains the same.Liberian Football Association (LFA) Chair Musa Bility has decided that youths who are not actively enrolled in institutions of learning will not be allowed to take part in the annual county meet.Mr. George Weah, an internationally acclaimed Liberian soccer legend, has disagreed with Bility. Weah’s position is that young people whose parents cannot afford to send them to school should be given the opportunity to make something of themselves, even as he (Weah) himself did.Both men have valid points. Bility’s position could change the face of Liberian, yea African football. Having a squad of educated men on the national football team could make for increased discipline, something Liberian football has been sorely lacking. It would also send the important message across Africa that education and football are not mutually exclusive. That means that a player does not have to – and must not – choose between football (or any sport for that matter) and education.As many former American basketball stars have learned, a sports career is not a substitute for education. A young man can sign a multi-million dollar contract today, suffer an injury on the court and lose his career in six months.Due to lack of education and discipline, a talented young man with money who knows nothing about investing can follow the wrong crowd, spend his money on drugs, drinking, material possessions and women, and have nothing to show or leave to his children by the time his life is over.Mr. Weah may have been very fortunate to have had strong personal discipline as well as good mentors who gave him sound financial advice and taught him how to invest. Today, long after his sports career is over, he is not begging for scratch cards and living off women.Even so, however, Mr. Weah will admit that with all of his wealth, he himself has twice hit the glass ceiling that has stood between him and the one dream that constantly seems to evade him – the Liberian presidency. With no shortage of campaign financing, Mr. Weah twice lost the presidential elections to a woman whose education opened the door for her to acquire the requisite experience voters looked for in a president. That education and experience enabled her to speak for her country on an international stage, which earned Liberia’s credibility in the comity of nations and hence a seat at the table of decision making. Has she made mistakes? A ton. But Liberians were more willing to take the risk with education and experience than without. By contrast, the majority of those who voted for the less-educated candidate were themselves mostly uneducated.  We have to change that dynamic so that the entire voting population is able to make educated choices and decisions.Notwithstanding, Mr. Weah, clearly has a heart for the less fortunate, which stems from his own experience. The only problem is that his experience was more the exception than the norm. We cannot have a whole generation of children thinking they can all grow up to be King Pele. Out of a population of 3.5 million, everyone cannot play for AC Milan. We need to disabuse our children of that notion. We need to disabuse them of the notion that football is their only ticket out of poverty.The wonder of education is that it gives a man/woman options. If he breaks his leg today, once it heals, he can go into business.  Education also gives a man the keys to his own destiny. Without it, he cannot even read his own contract. Only his managers know exactly how much he is really worth.Weah has proposed that if only youths enrolled in schools are to be allowed to participate in the inter-county meet, then school should be free for all children. We disagree. The point is for our children not to lose focus on their education every time the meet comes around. They must understand that there are no short cuts to success.A young man from Paynesville grew up with a natural talent for soccer. He became a rising star and a member of the Lone Star’s U-20 team. One day, the coach announced that a select number of the group would be traveling to Greece. Elkhart Davis, as this young Liberian came to be known, was one hundred percent sure he would be selected. He would go to Greece and become a star. In the final lineup, the coach chose his son, a far lesser player. Elkhart Davis became a drunkard. All of his eggs were in the soccer basket that crashed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Maintaining Hope and Optimism in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa must stay the course of a free, peaceful, progressive and transparent nation.  This is too, too important to the country itself, to Africa and to the world.The country played host from April 12-15 to the 63rd Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), held in one of Africa’s most highly developed cities, Cape Town.  It was once the bastion of apartheid and home to the “the Murder Kurche,” the Dutch Reformed Church, that gave the strongest and most unequivocal theological backing to apartheid.It was that ideology that since 1948 allowed 3,000,000 whites to subjugate and suppress over 27 million blacks, Coloreds and Indians. But the blacks, or most of them, fought back with relentless and uncompromising resolve to crush this horrendous, selfish and wicked system, to restore dignity to the oppressed and liberate ALL South Africans, the white people, too.The fortresses of that struggle were the African National Congress, of which Nelson Mandela became the symbol; Robert Sobukwe’s Pan Africanist Congress; which organized the march against pass laws that led to the Sharpeville Massacre; Steve Beko’s Black Consciousness Movement and the children of Soweto.  They fought, suffered and died, but never gave up.The powerful Western nations were for a long time on the side of the white South African oppressors.  As late as the early 1970s United States President Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declared that the whites were in South Africa to stay and nobody could do anything about it.  But he  underestimated the determination and resolve of the people and his declaration turned out to be “a monumental miscalculation,” to quote Canon Burgess Carr, General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) which beginning the early 1970s championed the cause of liberation in Southern Africa.Because the liberation forces enjoyed sympathy from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and other Socialist nations, the West dismissed the liberation forces as “communists.”  But thanks be to God, beginning in 1989 that unsustainable ideology, Communism, collapsed.  The South African white oppressors lost their communist “bogeyman” behind which they had been hiding.  In February 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk made two earthshaking announcements: the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment; and the unbanning of the African National Congress. Mandela, a man with the heart of God, emerged victorious, forgave his white oppressors and invited them to join him in leading the country into a new era of liberation, peace and progress.Since the 1994 elections, the ANC with its overwhelming majority has continued to rule South Africa. But we see three problems that the nation and its people must overcome to continue the peace, progress and stability the country has enjoyed since liberation.  First, the widening gap between rich and poor.  The whites still own most of the fertile land and farms, mines and big businesses; while many leading black politicians and business people are also fast joining the wealthy class, leaving the impoverished majority behind.  This is distinctly evident as one drives from the airport and sees the zinc shacks that Blacks and Coloreds inhabit, in stark contrast to the beautiful homes and palatial skyscrapers inhabited by the rich and affluent.The latest Economist Magazine gives South Africa high marks for its economic management.  The Central Bank is running a sound banking, unblemished system; the country’s tax harvest is the envy of many rich countries; SA’s leading companies are respected multinationals. But SA’s most serious problem right now seems to be its President, who is currently under heavy criticism for spending US$24 million renovating his own home.  People are demanding that he pays back that money. There is another problem that inspired a resolution from the just ended IPI Congress: the President must veto an anti-media law that restricts media access to public information.For the sake of good governance and the protection of the ANC’s integrity, we appeal to the SA government to be faithful to its call to leadership, and do NOTHING    that will make it seem okay to pillage the public coffers.  That could lead to disaster and dim the hopes of one of Africa’s most blessed countries. Finally, we call on President Zuma to heed the words of Nelson Mandela: “a critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

An Unwanted Journey

first_imgOne-year-old Michael Flomo, who has been fighting for his life for the past year, is faced by the inevitable: he is going to die.Baby Michael has phase four cancer, which has now invaded his entire body, leaving visible signs of swollen lymph nodes in his head, neck and left leg.He spends the better half of the day crying from pain that can no longer be soothed through any form of medicine.The cancerous mass on the right side of his face that placed Michael on the front page of almost every paper in Liberia, is now infected and further deforming the child’s face.Quite recently, maggots and a green colored residue have developed in the mass, causing a stench and more excruciating pain for baby Michael.Little Michael Flomo is suffering the kind of slow death that no child should have to suffer.His Mother, 19-year-old Hawa Flomo, has been talking frantically to every media outlet, humanitarian organization, and person with a caring heart to come to her son’s rescue.She feels she has played her role as a parent by providing baby Michael with as much as her poverty-stricken hands have allowed her to. But Michael needed more; he needed medical attention. For that reason, she placed baby Michael in the hands of God, the media, and the nation’s hospitals.Diagnosed with cancer just over a month ago by Doctor Wilhelmina Jallah at Hope for Women medical center, Hawa credits Mrs. Charlesetta N. Williams for making all of that possible.Mrs. Williams is the CEO for Health Page Liberia, a local health NGO, which caters for sick Liberian children and flies them out of the country to seek better medical attention abroad.“She came to our aid and has been doing everything. If it was not for her, I would not have known what was happening to my baby,” 19-year-old Hawa said.Mrs. Williams has no doubt exhausted all of her resources trying to make sure that baby Michael gets to live as normal a life just as possible for a toddler in his condition.In a recent article written in this paper on March 19, 2014, titled:  “Mother Seeks Help for Child with Ocular Growth,” Mrs. Williams said she deemed it necessary to see what she could do for the dying child, and has since been a part of the family’s life.“I have helped 200 children, who needed help to fight for their lives. I will probably stop after this child; because his case has really hurt me,” she said with tears in her eyes.With the combined efforts of Mrs. Williams and Dr. Paul King, a neo-surgeon living abroad, hope had been instilled into Hawa that her baby might have a chance to live.“I will be in Liberia next week and may be able to evaluate him and remove the mass. I will be bringing surgical instruments that can be used to remove the mass.” Paul King posted on the Liberian Observer Online’s Facebook page.Unfortunately, according to Mrs. Williams, who accomanied the baby Michael and his mother to Tappita Hospital, where scanning for cancer is routinely done, baby Michael spent two weeks at the hospital only to confirm the worst; the cancer had spread into his brain.Dr. King, as promised, was on the team of doctors attending to Michael. When given the option to have the mass moved, Hawa opted not to have the procedure done since it had already been determined that Michael would not live.“The doctor says he doesn’t have much longer to live. They asked Hawa if she wanted them to move the mass, but the doctors said whether you moved it or not, he wouldn’t make it; so she said no,” Mrs. Williams explained sadly.After spending two weeks at Tappita Hospital, baby Michael who left Monrovia with a reasonable weight and a promising smile, returned looking underweight and with more signs of cancerous tumors.“Aye God, I wish we hadn’t gone to Tappita. Now my baby is dying. The doctors say there’s no treatment for him, my son is going to die!” Hawa wailed.Baby Michael has been released from the hospital to rest at home until the unavoidable takes its course; leaving his mother Hawa in a state of hopelessness.Hawa expressed her thanks to those who took time out of their own lives to assist Michael and her through these troubling times. She asks that everyone who has heard of baby Michael through the Daily Observer or any other form of media please pray for her child’s peaceful removal from this world into the arms of the Lord.In other sorrowful news, 13-year-old Fernice Thomas was laid to rest on Saturday, April 12, after losing his long battle with kidney failure. Fernice’s struggle with the condition was detailed in the Daily Observer’s April 1st, 2014 paper in the article titled: “Fighting for Survival-Fernice Wants to Live.”The Daily Observer Family offers our deepest sympathies to Fernice’s mother Jessie Nyenploe, and the rest of his family. We also extend our prayers to baby Michael Flomo, His mother Hawa, and their family.“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret—you return to the beauty you have always been.”                                                                 -Aberjhani, taken from Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more