The Liberia National Police (LNP), led by its Inspector General, Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi has honored a Liberian who was adapted by an American Adaption organization identified as Acres of Hope.
Mr. Jacob Elder (Adapted Child) who is currently residing in the United States of America with his adapted parents and visiting his mother land (Liberia) was adapted in November 2003 in the heat of the Liberian civil conflict that led to the death of nearly two hundred thousand Liberians
Speaking at the honoring program which took place at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police yesterday May 22, 2013, the honoree said he was happy to be back home and expressed thanks and appreciation to Col. Massaquoi and the entire LNP for the honored.
The 22 years old America-Liberia who is currently studying Criminal Justice and Sociology on a sports scholarship at the University of Montana in the United States said he was appreciative of the gesture shown him by his adapted parents.
He stressed that he will never forget the good they (Adapted Parents) did for which he added has transformed his life.
“I just hope that one day I will return home to form part of the work the Liberia National Police is doing,” Jacob said in tears.
For his part, the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police said he was moved emotionally to see a Liberian studying criminal justice out of the country and coming back home to expressing his willingness to form part of the Liberia police force.
Col. Massaquoi also described the program as emotional to see a Liberian who was at the point of death due to the 15 years old civil conflict by making used of the opportunity that was afforded him to recount his achievements as an adopted child.
The Liberia National Police boss then encouraged Liberian parents to see the adaption program as a opportunity for the under privilege and at the same time cautioned them to be mindful as to who adapt their (Liberians) children.
He however, extended thanks and appreciation to the Acres of Hope family or organization for Jacob Elder and also expressed the hope that one day the ban placed on adaption activities will be lifted.
The program was attended by top officials of the r National Police and family members of the adapted child (Elder Jacob).