Denied Entry to Canada, 19-yr-Old Liberian Attempts Suicide
Monrovia – A 19-year-old Liberian, Maximore J. Wreh, had been caught attempting to abruptly end his life because of several failed attempts to travel to Canada.
Samuel G. Dweh/freelance Journalist (0886-618-906/0776-583-266; [email protected])
“I want to die…leave me to die…let me die!” a half-conscious and weak Maximore said in a faint voice to his father and two of his (Maximore’s) friends raising him off the ground in Barnersville, a community outside of Monrovia, where he lives with his father.
The incident occurred in the evening of June 14.
Beneath Maximore were four tablets, which were later identified as Valium.
The juvenile’s father told a crowd of persons watching his son’s baffling actions that Maximore had told him three days earlier he could no longer live with his friends’ continual teasing over an oversea travel opportunity that didn’t materialize for his family.
“In Ghana, I applied for a skilled persons’ program in Canada, but the Canadian Embassy in Ghana denied my family on a DNA’s result. Maximore, my biological son, was one of those affected by the Embassy’s decision,” Mr. Myer K. Wreh, Maximore’s father, explained to one of the onlookers.
“He took the Valium to cease stress caused by the shock of the Embassy’s denial and the mockery,” presumed one of the persons watching the scene.
“He took an overdose,” another person guessed.
“It’s the same friends’ mockery and suicide attempts that compelled me to pulled him out of Ghana, where we were living when I applied for the Program, but the same things are happening in a different environment, Liberia” Mr. Wreh added.
The distraught father said his son had boasted several times to his friends that he would “be in Canada in few weeks,” so the friends started teasing him on the Canadian High Commission’s unexpected reply.
Maximore’s mental condition was caused by information of paternity for his two siblings (Maxwell Sarba- Torh Wreh and Janice Plorgbe-Torh Wreh) his father had put on the Application Form as his ‘biological children.’
“The Canadian Embassy said DNA result shows that Maxwell and Janice are not connected to me by blood,” Mr. Wreh, born February 15, 1967, explained to me, after Maximore had been taken into his family’s house and the crowd had dispersed.
The denial letter was sent to the Wrehs by [email protected] at 5:40 AM EDT of June on Monday, June 1, 2015.
Parts of it, with Subject: EP00063805, reads: “Dear MYER KRONWROH WREH:…This refers to your application for permanent residence in Canada as member of the Provincial Nominee Class…Your application and all of the documents you submitted in support of it have been reviewed and it appears you may not meet the requirements for immigration to Canada…There was concern that you did not disclose the true biological parents of Maxwell Sarba-Torh Wreh and Janice Plorgbe-Torh Wreh and DNA was requested. The DNA results dated April 30, 2015 confirm that you are not the biological father of the two dependants. The probability of paternity is 0%…”
“The Embassy gave me another chance,” Myer, who appeared distraught when he was speaking, said.
“The Embassy asked me if I wanted to continue the process. I said, ‘Yes’. I told them to drop the two children and continue the process.” But, he was denied August 13, 2015.
On the High Commission’s August 13 denial letter, Myer met his Lawyer, Counselor-At-Law, Sylvester D. Rennie, of Legal Watch, Inc., based in Monrovia, to prepare a letter asking the High Commission to rescind their decision. The lawyer’s intervention letter was sent, via e-mail, September 1, 2015.
On September 8, 2015, the Canadian High Commission replied to Myer’s letter, via his Lawyer, asking him to send a new application.
“I obeyed, but the Embassy rejected the new application,” Myer reported. Myer mentioned Regina as the name of his fiancé who had told him he was the owner of each pregnancy to produce a child to be named “Maxwell” and “Janice”.
An August 30, 2015 Notarized statement, titled “Confession of Sarah Torh”, a sister of Regina, states that Maxwell Torh and Janice Torh are not the biological offspring of Myer K. Wreh. Part of the document states: “My people, I called you here today to say something very important…my…sister Regina lied to Myer because of his loving kindness…She got pregnant for a different man before getting into an active relationship with Mr. Myer…She frequently warned me not to narrate story of the children to Myer, threatening that if I do we will become enemy for life.”
When the Embassy requested reapplication from Myer, which he said he did on his Lawyer’s appeal to the Embassy, he sent a copy of Sarah’s confession with the reapplication. “But the Embassy rejected my reapplication along with Sarah’s confession statement,” Myer told me.
Myer, who has Certificates in General Construction, a Certificate in Forest Management, and a Business man, said, before he applied for the Program, he was already acquainted with its Guidelines and consequences of misinformation, etc.
“Selectors at the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program qualified me on these professional knowledge areas,” Myer said, and boasted that he was certificated by the leadership of the MPNP.
“How can I, a sane man, be aware of Travel Program’s Consequence on Misinformation and would consciously write the word biological about the two Maxwell’s and Janice’s relationship to me?” queried. “If I knew Maxwell and Janice were not my biological children, but I still love them, I would have adopted them and indicated their relationship to me on the Application Form. That is what I did for my niece Charlesetta J. Bryant; my half-brother and my nephew, who I had already spoken about earlier.” He continued: “The disgraceful and traumatic part of the Canadian Embassy’s reaction is, barring me from entering Canada for five years on my innocence of real paternity of children whose pregnancies a woman, who was my fiancé, said were mine.”
Myer said he had been living far from Regina—he in Ghana and she in Liberia—for a long time after their last intimacy on which Regina would hang the pregnancy on his neck. “I was between Ghana and Liberia, doing business to support the pregnancy and to meet other family’s needs,” he told me. With Application Number UCI: 89474373 and File number EP00063805, BO 0605554491, Myer was travelling on the Province of Manitoba (MB) Skill Workers Program in Canada.
“A job was waiting for me, and it still is, in Canada from which I would secure a brighter future for my children,” Myer told me, and showed me a photocopy of a letter of employment from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
A Church, named ELM, based in the Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, has written the Canadian Embassy on its willingness to get Myer’s denied family into Canada if they (Embassy) allowed them to come ahead as the Embassy had done to Anthony Targbe (Mr. Wreh’s nephew) and Alphonso J. Kollie (Mr. Wreh’s half-brother) by giving each person visa in 2012.
The travel program was being facilitated by Mrs. Martha C. Newray, Myer Wreh’s biological sister, who is a Canadian citizen.
Mrs. Martha C. Newray is appealing to the Canadian Government to reconsider their decision on the denial, so that her beloved nephew (Maximore J. Wreh) would not take away his life.