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Two Groups Agree To Upgrade Foya Ebola Cemetery
By Korboi K. Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent
VOINJAMA, August 31 (LINA) –International NGO Samaritan’s Purse in collaboration with the Foya District National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders (NTCCE) has agreed to rehabilitate the Foya Ebola Cemetery on the outskirts of Foya City.
The rehabilitation work will include rebuilding of dilapidated graves, construction of a fence around the graveyard and erection of a monument at the entrance with the names of those who fell to the virus inscribed on it.
The decision to give the cemetery a face lift was triggered by the deplorable condition of the cemetery and the need to bestow dignity upon those who died as a result of the virus outbreak in the country The cemetery was built in 2014.
In an interview with the Liberia News Agency in Foya on Sunday, Samaritan’s Purse Country Director Kendell Kauffeldt said the project will commence after a memorial service and a traditional ceremony that are expected to be carried out by the religious and traditional councils.
Kauffeldt disclosed that under the agreement, the Council in collaboration with the citizens will brush the cemetery, while Samaritan’s Purse will carry out the construction work.
He disclosed that the project will be extended to other areas in the county where Ebola cemeteries are situated.
For her part, the Lofa County NTCCE Coordinator Cetta Saah thanked Samaritan’s Purse for the gesture, and pledged the Council's support to ensure that the project is fully implemented.