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|Jamaica Road Residents Complain Of Pollution |
|Published on December 28, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
By: Marcus Zoleh
Residents of the Jamaica Road Community on the Bushrod Island say their environment is polluted.
Speaking to this paper recently, Mr. Swen, one of the residents said their environment has been polluted by the drainage which flows from diverse location and runs through the Slaughter House, before emptying into the Stockton Creek.
“I think you (journalists) are seeing the difficulties we encounter living along this drainage. We don’t take in good air because of this drainage,” Mr. Swen lamented.
He clarified that the contamination of the main drainage cannot be attributed to the slaughter house alone, though it plays a major role.
Meanwhile, the residents are calling on the Government of Liberia and international non-governmental organizations to come to their aid by constructing or relocating the drainage to prevent bad odor across the community.
Our reporters who visited the Jamaica Road community described as “unbearable” the condition of those living along the drainage.
He said though the drainage is polluting the community, he noticed that the residents themselves were contributing to the pollution of their community by using the drainage to defecate, and to dump dirt into it.
This, our reported observed, makes it difficult for waste to flow freely into the Stockton Creek.
The likelihood of water borne diseases threatens the area and the lives of residents.