Over 3000 deaf Liberians across the country are reportedly abandoned by the Government of Liberia. The National Director of the Organization for the Social Integration of the Liberian Deaf or OSILD Adrian Zawolo, made the disclosure here on Sunday, 4 June when he addressed a news conference at the organization’s office in Police Academy Community, Paynesville.
He laments that the deaf or people with hearing impairment, particularly in rural Liberia are living under difficult conditions, because they cannot freely communicate with family members and fellow Liberians due to sign language barrier. Mr. Zawolo continues that to make matter worse, government doesn’t have any sign language institution to provide education to destitute deaf persons and their dependents.
He notes that many deaf persons in rural Liberia are taken advantage of simply because of sign language barrier, adding that most of them are denied health care delivery and protection. According to him, in most instances, they are also denied participation in activities organized by the government and international partners due to the lack of sign language interpreter.
Mr. Zawolo stresses that Liberia being the oldest country in Africa doesn’t have a sign language interpreter certificated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to coordinate activities the deaf. He calls on the Ministry of Education to partner with countries that have trained sign language instructors to assist in training Liberian with hearing impairment to develop a national deaf dictionary for the country.