Chicken Farm Residents Want Government Intervention On The Aggressive Mining Of Sand And The Destruction Of The Mangrove Along The Mesurado River


Group of Citizens Named and styled, “Chicken Farm Neighborhood Dwellers” residing in Jacob’s town, Paynesville City are calling on the Government of Liberia and International Partners to do more to prevent flood , sand mining , and the destruction of wildlife by halting the massive destruction of the mangrove along the Mesurado River .

In a communication addressed to the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Nathaniel Blamah, the residents complained that some unknown individuals are aggressively destroying the Mangrove trees for the purpose of selling the swamp land and fetching wood.
The Chicken Farm Community has repeatedly suffered from property damage as a result of flood when the Montserrado River overflows.

The mangroves support a great variety of swamp animals roaming the wetlands but due to the rapid destruction of the Mangrove trees, the shorebirds that were usually seen making their homes in the branches and taking refuge amongst the roots are finding it difficult to survive.

They are appealing to the authorities to speed up Marine Security along the River Side as safety measures in favor of tons of big and small marine species that thrive along the mangrove coastline and muddy flats supported by the nutrient rich waters.
The Chicken Farm residents pointed out that the number of monkeys and crocodiles found resting along the mangrove-lined shores offer a great chance for tourist attraction.
Besides sheltering animals and birds, the residents explained that the mangroves also provide protected areas for fish, crabs, shrimps and all sorts of small critters.
The mangrove forest has been preventing the outflow of the River into the community and providing habitation for animals but is now being destroyed by a group of unknown men who are illegal selling swamp land.
Concern members of the Chicken farm community have called for the speedy intervention of the authority concerned in order to avoid chaos between the illegal land dealers, buyers, sand miners and the illegal sale of swamp land.
Mr. Edilus Barbue , who is the Spokeperson of the residents , said the speedy intervention of the authorities , will intercept misunderstanding among the community dwellers .
There have been reports of chaotic engagement between the so-called swamp owners and residents of the old road, swagger-mo community and the Borbor Island , all along the Montserrado River.
Prominent residents of the chicken farm community, who claimed to represent over 500 residents of the chicken farm, said the continuous destruction of the mangrove is exposing the dry land to flood during the rainy season.

Additionally, the Residents of the Chicken Farm Community also complained that this illegally act could also pose as a setback to the rich ecosystem, tourism and biodiversity by threatening species of the mangrove swamp and expose those species to the main environment, putting children and inhabitants at greater risk.

The communication addressed to the Environmental Protection Agency was also forwarded to the Paynesville Corporation, The Liberian legislature, the St. Francis Community Chairman, The Land Commission, The Liberia National Police and the International Conservative Group.

The call by the concern group came few days after the environmental protection agency observed the International wetlands day with a cautioned amongst things to residents not to build in wetlands including abusing it.