Gender Ministry Saddens by Deaths of Two Liberian Children

Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection

Monrovia – The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection regrets the mysterious death of two children both in the Johnson Street and Battery Factory areas, according to a press release issued by the Ministry on Monday.

Linda Sherman, 9, a third-grade student of St. Teresa Convent was found dead on December 4, in her parent room while Omaru Kamara, 14, died on December 7. It is alleged that both children committed suicide but there are concerns about the reason for these kids taking their own lives. 

“It is very stressful for us as a country to lose these precious souls in such a devastating manner,” Minister Williametta Saydee-Tarr expressed in the release.

“The fact that these untimely deaths occurred during the Global and Local observance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, does not go unnoticed by the Ministry. This just serves to underline the importance of working as a country on protective measures.” 

According to the Ministry, they have identified and visited the victims’ families and have dispatched a team of social workers to begin arrangements for psychosocial counseling and routine follow ups with the Justice Ministry as investigation continues.

Meanwhile, Minister Tarr has asked the Ministry of Justice and its’ attending branches, especially the LNP to leave no stone unturned in establishing all facts surrounding these cases.

She stressed the need to do a thorough investigation that goes beyond what might seem to be the case to the naked eye, and dig deeper to uncover the truth of what really transpired. The Minister of Justice himself rendered his assurance and committed to doing so expeditiously.

She also encouraged anyone who might have cogent information that could aid the police in their investigation to come forth and report. 

“As a Ministry, we will stay engaged and follow the unfolding of the situation at hand, to ensure that justice is duly dispensed,” Minister Saydee-Tarr assures.