Many Graves Burst At Palm Grove Cemetery

By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie Many Liberians were increasingly disappointed yesterday when they congregated to clean up the burial sites of their love ones, relatives and friends.     It is known that burial sites should always be kept sacred and protected but in recent time, unscrupulous persons have been in the constant habit of breaking into tombs taking away caskets and other belongings of the dead people.

The Government of Liberia has constructed fence around the Palm Grove cemetery on Central and Gurley Streets to avoid intruders but astonishingly, on Wednesday, March 12, Decoration Day, thousands of Liberians found it very difficult to identify the graves of their love ones due to the robbery that took place by unknown persons.

Residents at the site who had gone to decorate could not locate the graves of their relatives or love ones, something our reporter said led to many persons weeping and sobbing.

Our reporters who toured the graveyard yesterday morning said they saw graves looted, caskets removed and skeletons scattered randomly.

Many blamed the situation on the failure of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) to have provided security for the site and perhaps carried out a daily inspection of the various cemeteries.

Onlookers at the sites told the INQUIRER that they felt the construction of a fence around the graves would have prevented the robbers from entering the place, but the rogues beat the security system because the fencing had provided a hideout, if not, a safe-haven for hard-core criminals.