Liberia Albino Society Suffers Fire Outbreak By: Julius Konton


Another Arson attack has hit very hard the Liberia Albino Society.  LAS for short, is an umbrella organization that advocates as well as caters to the health needs of people living with albinism in Liberia.  The non for profit nonpolitical group office located in Logan Town directly opposite the District office of Representative Abu Kamara was gutted by fire by 2am local time, early Monday morning. The actual cause of the fire remained unknown up to this publication. However, the ware house hosting medical supplies of the clinic got badly affected as a result of the fire disaster with several medicines and other important items and office supplies damaged.  The fire, the head of LAS explained, could have spread massively to other offices and homes had it not been with the help of some staffs of the clinic who were on duty including some residents in area who horribly rushed on the scene to help rescue the situation thereby preventing the fire from further destruction.

 Executive Director Patricia Logan noted that the untimely incident is saddened and a great setback to them. “We render free medical services for our members and even community dwellers but with this huge loss, we just don’t know where and how to begin including taking care of our members and the general public especially those who have benefited and continues to benefit from our health services over the years,” Madam Logan further explained.  She used the occasion to appeal to the government of Liberia and well-meaning individuals and institutions to come to their rescue. The incident, she stated, is the first of its kind since the establishment of the organization and destroyed several valuable items worth thousands of United States Dollars.  Unlike the damaged of valuable items and other medical supplies, the incident did not claim the life of anyone, LAS head noted.

Meanwhile, the untimely situation took place ahead of early preparation by LAS leading to the celebration World Albinism Day slated for next Month, June 13, 2024. It can be recalled In 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution that called for the prevention of discrimination against persons with albinism.  On December 18, 2014, the UN General Assembly proclaimed June 13th as International Albinism Awareness Day.  The international day is set aside for people to  advocate for the rights of people suffering from albinism globally.

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