Lutheran Church in Liberia Launches Psychosocial Intervention Project for Drug Addicts and Returnees – FrontPageAfrica

(LCL Bishop, Dr. Jensen Seyenkulo, Mount Abraham Senator Darius Dillon, LCL-THRP Director, Br. Philip L. Nushann Jr and others)

MONROVIA – A project to reduce societal fragmentations through psychosocial intervention and empowerment of returnees and drug addicts was launched in Monrovia.

The project is implemented by the Lutheran Church of Liberia Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program (LCL-THRP) in partnership with Civil Peace Service (CPS), Bread for the World Germany.

The (LCL-THRP) was established in 1998 by the Lutheran Church of Liberia to promote peacebuilding and national reconciliation and to provide psychosocial rehabilitation to traumatized individuals and communities.

The LCL-THRP is a member of the Civil Peace Service (CPS) Liberia network, which was launched by the German Federal Government and includes both governmental and non-governmental agencies, including religious institutions.

The CPS works to promote peace by strengthening civil structures and initiatives, focusing particularly on the youth and women of the Mano River region and also ensuring that natural resources are used for the benefit of society.

Giving an overview of the project, Reverend F. Philip L. Nushann, Jr., Director, LCL-THRP described the main activities of the project, including the empowerment of 10 returned migrants and 10 drug addicts through the provision of life skills training opportunities. Director Nushann added that the project will work with parents and communities to rehabilitate disadvantaged or affected drug users and returned migrants reintegrated into homes and communities so that they too can live their full potential without fear of stigma and stigma. discrimination.

Speaking at the ceremony on behalf of a group of disadvantaged young people, George B. Logan said they were ready to let go of what he described as “bad habits” and do something positive with their life.

“Lutheran Church, please come to our aid. We are tired of this life that we are in. Only you can help us,” he said.

“We underprivileged young people or drug addicts are tired of living on the streets and taking dangerous substances.”

Making a special statement at the launch ceremony on Monday, April 18 at the Lutheran Compound in Sinkor, Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon indicated that Liberia cannot achieve success in the fight against illicit drugs and drug addicts only on the basis of stricter drug laws.

Senator Dillon said the full implementation of intentional and courageous decisions by all, especially responsible institutions, is essential to the fight against drugs. According to Senator Dillon, the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), a government institution responsible for combating illicit drugs, has repeatedly blamed the country’s drug crisis on weak drug laws; referring to a drug user or trafficker getting bail for as little as US$72 and for lack of logistical and financial support.

He argued that ratifying the country’s current drug law is no guarantee to solve the drug crisis if the LDEA and other security apparatuses do not have the capacity and the courage to prosecute major invincible and influential individuals who facilitate the importation and sale of drugs in the country.

End users of Italian white, cocaine and other dangerous substances in the country are not smuggled into the country by them, but by professional dealers, Senator Dillon added.

It has been observed that in some communities drug addicts hang old sneakers or old shoes on electrical wires to portray the existence of a notorious gang or ghetto in a particular community.

The Montserrado County senator revealed that the situation is severely affecting a large portion of disadvantaged youth in Montserrado County and other parts of the country, prompting him to establish a rehabilitation center to deal with the growing tide underprivileged or drug-affected youth, commonly known as “Zogos” in Liberia.

According to the Senator from Montserrado, the rehabilitation center currently under construction, when completed, will ensure the transformation of young drug addicts into productive citizens in Liberian society. He pledged that when it officially opens to the public, the Rehabilitation Center will form strategic partnerships with the Liberian Lutheran Church’s Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program to rehabilitate disadvantaged youth.

For several decades, Liberia’s past and current administrations have failed miserably to cope with the influx of disadvantaged youth onto the streets of Monrovia and other parts of the country.

In launching this project, the Lutheran Bishop, Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo pledged that the Church will work with the national government, drug addicts and other civil society organizations for the rehabilitation of disadvantaged young people he described like the future generation of Liberia.

Archbishop Jensen pointed out that many returnees and drug addicts feel neglected by society; thus rendering them hopeless; the addition of the church will restore their hope. Bishop Seyenkulo challenged disadvantaged youth to be positive in their decisions and actions. He revealed that many disadvantaged or drug-affected young people across the country have a strong desire to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into their own society with a new mindset, but need a nudge from the government. and other institutions, including the Church, and he has engaged the LCL in this process of helping.

For his part, the Director of Information and Communications of the LDEA, Mr. Michael Jipply, applauded the Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Program of the Lutheran Church of Liberia for such an initiative to complement the efforts of the government. to ensure a drug-free society for the protection of Liberia’s future generation. and current peace and security.

Jerry B. Hatch