The Anlo Youth Council (AYC) says victims of last week’s coastal flooding, which destroyed homes and rendered about 4,000 people in communities along Volta Region’s coast homeless, deserve sympathy and support and not vilification.
The Council expressed gratitude to Mr John Mahama, the former President, Corporate Ghana and other individuals for their donations to alleviate the plight of victims.
However, the Council was unhappy with comments from some people, including key members in government seeking to blame the disaster on the people’s involvement in sand winning activities from beaches.
A press release signed by Vice President of AYC, Mr Seth Doe and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the Council was concerned about the gradual politicisation of the disaster due to such comments when what the people needed in such a time was support.
“The residents along the coast of Anlo are victims of a natural disaster, not culprits. They deserve sympathy and support, not denigration. Attempts at blaming them for the misfortune are inhumane and display insensitivity.
The release advised persons and groups commenting on the disaster to “be guided by the body of knowledge on Climate Change and its impact on coastal erosion.”
It said the AYC hoped to engage and work with the Ministry of Works and Housing and other state agencies to “develop and implement medium and long term plans and strategies to permanently solve the problem of sea erosion on the Anlo coast.”