Deaf Community in Liberia Decry Discrimination 

An official of the Liberia National Deaf Association or LNDA has described as frustrating the Government of Liberia alleged refusal to recognize sound language in the Country.

The Chairman of the Association Eugene Wesseh said the alleged action on the part of National Government is highly discriminating and making it difficult for deaf and dumb people to express themselves.

Wesseh added that the lack of Public deaf school in the country, coupled with jobs opportunities for young deaf people in the country are major challenges confronting the Deaf Association.

He spoke through an interpreter in Monrovia recently, when he appeared on FARBRIC Radio talk-show, the New Dawn.

The chairman of the Liberia National Deaf Association wonders why the Government will treat their issue with lip service, when it is signatory to the international declaration of the people living with disabilities.

The instrument calls for the creation of enabling environment for people in the deaf community to be able to participate in the decision making process of their country.

Deaf people in Liberia will join the colleagues around the world to celebrate the International Week of the Deaf from 24-30 September.

For the first time, the International Week of the Deaf will be celebrated under the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!”

The International Day of Sign Languages has been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to be celebrated annually on September 23, beginning 2018.

The Government of Liberia is yet to comment on the Liberia National Deaf Association’s claims of injustice, oppression, and marginalization.

By: Trokon Flama

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