Monrovia - The gruesome death of 12 year-old Musu Fofana allegedly raped by 49 year-old Musa Kanneh continues to receive more condemnation from the government, civil society groupings as well as local and international non-governmental organizations. At a news conference Wednesday at its Sinkor head office, the Liberia Children and Youth Advisory Board condemned the act and described it as barbaric, claiming that it is satanic, evil, devilish and inhumane.
“Gone are those days where the rights of children are no longer recognized and protected and violators ramble about freely. It is against this backdrop that we as a child rights institution send out an SOS call to government to ensure justice prevail in this matter,” stated the group.
Referencing Article 5:1-2 of the African Charter on the rights and welfare of the child, the group noted that every child has an intrinsic right to life and such right shall be protected by law and state parties, to the charter shall ensure to the maximum extent possible, the survival, protection and development of the child. It stated that with Liberia being a signatory to such document, the organization wants the government to guarantee the full provision and protection of the right to life for its most vulnerable population.
Henry Garnoe chairman of the group making the case for other Liberians called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to ensure the launch of a full scale investigation into the incident that led to the death of little Musu Fofana and the perpetrator be brought to justice.
The child welfare group also blamed the death of little Fofana to negligence of some officers of the Liberian National Police assigned at the Capitol Bye Pass check Point in Monrovia and some health workers assigned Redemption Hospital one of the health centers hardly hit by the Ebola virus in Monrovia. The hospital refused to treat the child after she was raped and she died as the family was trying to take her to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. “We strongly recommend that those Police officers and health workers involved be immediately investigated and if found guilty serious action be taken,” the group stated.
“Madam President, we are tired, enough is enough, the children of Liberia rights must at all-time be protected despites their inability to fight for it. This case should not again go down in history like the case of Angel Togba, Sharkei Kamara, Titus Noah and most recently our 12yrs old friend who was burned in her private part by her foster mother only for urinating in bed.”
On Tuesday the Ministry of Justice through its Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh announced an investigation into redemption Hospital and Faith Clinic for their roles in the death of the 12-year-old rape victim in Brewerville. Statistical documents released by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection through the sexual based violence (SGBV) division announced the amount of 554 rape cases from January to November 2014.
The report was presented to the House of Representatives Health, Gender and Social Welfare committee. The ministry recommended that they be given one week to present a comprehensive report on the issue of Rape in Liberia for prompt action.