Girl, 11, Found Dead, Possibly Raped

first_imgEleven-year-old Veronica Youhn Luogon has been found dead in a swamp near Bueh, few kilometers from the commercial city of Saclepea on Bahn highway, in Nimba County.According to family sources, Veronica was a student attending one of the schools in Saclepea, but on January 14 had gone to visit relatives in Bueh Town where she reportedly went missing. The body of the victim was later  found to be buried in a nearby swamp on January 15, 2019.John Quewon, a family spokesperson, told Radio Saclepea, a community radio, that the lifeless body of Veronica was found mutilated. It was later suspected that the victim had been sexually abused before her death, though Quewon did not quote any medical report.Quewon said the family is looking up to the government for a speedy investigation into the death of his niece, who they believe might have been “gang-raped” to death.The deceased hailed from Kpei Town in the Yarpea Administration District but was staying with relatives in Saclepea, while pursuing her education.Arthur Gonkatee Sahn, Saclepea Statutory District Superintendent, confirmed the incident. Sahn said the girl did not die of natural death; rather, there is a possibility of “foul play.”Following the examination of the body, Sahn said the 15-member coroner-jury his office constituted to examine the body reported that the girl had been sexually harassed and mutilated by her assailants.The Liberia National Police (LNP) are said to be probing the incident.However, incidents involving murder are not new in Saclepea. A  few years ago, when a little girl went missing in Gbar Chiefdom, it took several weeks to discover her whereabouts until a witch doctor was contacted, after which her remains was found.Up to press time last night, it was not clear as to what became of the case, because circumstances that linked those arrested in connection to the incident was based on findings from a witch doctor, something police declined to use as evidence, saying that it was “unscientific.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poor hit hardest

first_img Martinez’s husband drives hundreds of miles a week to install countertops and flooring in homes as far as San Bernardino. She cares for the disabled at a nursing home not far from their Van Nuys home. Gas now costs the family about $400 a month, more than 15 percent of their total budget. It used to be less than $300 a month and that was tight. With bills already eating away most of their salary, the couple is sometimes sacrificing basic needs. “It’s hard,” Martinez explains. “The $20 that goes in the gas tank, I need to buy baby diapers. “The poor are the ones most affected by all this. The rich, they are OK. For them, they just pay more.” Aleman, who runs his lawn-care business out of his North Hollywood home, considers himself lucky. His wife, a teacher, can make up for the $1-an-hour loss in his salary – money that goes to fuel his work truck, his lawn mowers and weed trimmers. “I am talking to other gardeners and they are afraid they are going to lose clients (if they charge more). All we talk about is gasoline,” Aleman said. “I worry about my friends. They are hard-working people. They work hard for a little.” — Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 For many, it’s easy to absorb the cost. But for the working poor, the extra expenditure quickly eats up a small end-of-the-month stash that could otherwise be put toward clothes, shoes or savings. “Any additional rise in gas prices is going to have a substantial impact on the working poor,” said Michael Stoll, associate professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “For them, it’s going to have to come out of necessities like food.” Nearly one in five Los Angeles County families with children lives below the poverty line, according to 2004 Census figures. Many live in job-deficient areas and are forced to drive to more affluent neighborhoods for work. For them, taking the bus could cost them a better job or hours of lost time that could be spent on work. “A car is indispensable. Can you imagine how hard it would be for me to take a bus?” Martinez said, bouncing her 13-month-old daughter on her hip and loading groceries into the trunk of her Nissan Sentra. “The bus takes a long time and you have to wait for it.” The steady increase in gas prices has hit everyone, but it’s low-wage workers and those with small businesses that depend on gasoline who are most vulnerable to sharp jumps. Gardener Jaime Aleman is losing $1 an hour from his paycheck to gas. Lucy Martinez, a mother of two, can barely make ends meet at the end of the month. Siraj Khan, a handyman who feeds his five children with donated food, must choose between gasoline and other necessities. “I am not buying clothes, I am not buying things for the kids anymore,” said Khan, a Canoga Park resident. “I have a limited budget, limited money. I can’t afford it anymore.” Prices at the pump have climbed steadily and rest nearly $1 above last October’s average. Filling up a 12-gallon tank now costs about $10 more than it did at the beginning of the year.last_img read more