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Jenkins Scott Daughter Speaks Out: “Tell Pres. Sirleaf to Let Go Old Grudges”

The Editor,

My name is Attelia Weedor Scott, I am Jenkins Scott daughter who resides in
the United States. I have not had the opportunity to know my father as some
of you have. I have a sister, Galibah Linzie Scott and a brother Joseph Scott. We have not been around our father nor have we seen him in years, nonetheless we do love him. We were raised away from him, with not much contact, but I love him dearly. At least what I remember of him.

This news article and image not only brings tears to my eyes but speaks to the reason why Liberia continues to struggle as a country. Liberia has been labeled as vindictive country, so quick to judge, yet too slow to move. We keep long time grudges and blame everyone else for what we ourselves have contributed to. How can a man that was once respected be left to lay with the garbage.

 I have read so many articles depicting my father as a dictator and a cruel man. I remember many things about him, his sternness, his inability to smile but never cruel. Beneath his tough exterior was a man whose only wish was to see his country prosper, and to be proud to call ourselves Liberian. I am away and it is my hope that I will be able to return soon and help him.

I am a student in college and a soldier so things are very hectic over here too. But as for the sister who says she has so much love for my father and takes so much care of him, Golden Scott, and the people who have so much memory of him. Where are you? First off, let me address the fact that my family, those of us in America: sons, daughter, ex wives, we all send support. My aunt Mimi (Mariam Ghour) who resides in Liberia has kept us informed as often as she can, but where is his daughter who lives there?

We send money for my father every month for food, medication, and living needs. We have helped them open business and we bought generators, so much more. It is not Goldden that pays for everything; the caretaker often calls my mother saying she needs money for my father. I am not heartless, just honest. You are right, how can a man go missing and no one notice? Obviously people are only helping because we send money and not because they care.

The Issue is we do not live in Liberia and we can only send financial support but we cannot be sure that he is being taken care of. We are all confused we don’t know what to do and who to trust, people just want money and property, and do not truly care for his wellbeing. Second, I will explain how this could have happen to a once powerful man.

 From what I know from my father’s own words, the current President holds a grudge from what he did to her years ago, she has made it impossible for him to find work, and do what he has done all these years, so she has greatly contributed to his mental state.

My father is obviously depressed and suffering mentally. I cannot diagnose the specific issue because I am not there, and it is clear that the doctors in Liberia do not have the knowledge to diagnose psychiatric disorders. But it is clear is that he is sad from all that he has lost, and from all that he has seen. It is said when a person reaches old age, they are forced to gaze at their lives, all they have done, all they have accomplished and where they are today. I cannot speak for the skeletons in his closet or the sorrow in his heart because I do not know. What I do know is that he is only a human. Whatever mistakes he has made, let it be between him and his God to decide his punishment, not us. He has been stripped of his title, and his passion and his job, but he will not lose his dignity. Not as long as we are alive.

Many say he is cruel but I know he has helped many, but where are they now? He does not know how to live without doing what he has done all his life in Liberia. Therefore he is confused, he is not poor or homeless, on the contrary, but when you take so much from a man, he does not want just money or food, but the respect he once had. So, if Liberians want to help, tell your President, to learn to let go of old grudges, you are a President and not mere citizen, you set the standard for Liberians, and how the world views Liberians.

Our hope is that we will get our father out of there soon enough, so that he can get medically help and find peace. Let my father be in peace as he grows old. As Liberians I ask you to look in yourself and say, what if that were my father. How can a country be so ungrateful, with so much negative comments to post, yet I don’t see much change in Liberia, just continuous turmoil and blame. And for those of you who found it amusing to take pictures of a man at his lowest point in life, May you too find the same fate.

Weedor  Attelia Scott


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  2. My fellow Liberians, what has happened to Cll. Jenkins Scott, must never happen to any Liberian anymore. Every civilized nation has this program, CALLED SOCIAL SECURITY, Is this program still in existing in Liberia? Yes, it is, government/private employees make payments towards this program. Our leaders must fully implement this program so as to cater to those former gove’t/private employees who have reached the required aged to benefit from it when the time comes. If this program was implimented, our dear brother and friend should had not been treated this way, eventhough death is inevitable.


  3. Attelia, my heartfelt sorrow on the situation surrounding your father. I’m sure this is not the kind of situation anyone would like to find their parent in. However, allow me to add that the government of Liberia is not suited to care for its elderly as the case is in the Western world. I hear you saying that your father should be given a preferential treatment over every elderly person because he had once worked in the Liberian government. This, I’m sure, you know is not practical. Secondly I hear you faulting the government for neglecting your dad. May I add that if that accusation is right, you too have helped in the neglect. Your father’s condition did not get to this point over night. As a caring daughter, where where you over the years. Now that things have gone this bad your are putting the blame on others. You grew up without your dad. If you cared you would have not distanced yourself from your father all these years. It is firstly your fault before it is the government’s, even though I don’t believe the government has anything to do. If the gov’t isn’t doing that for others in similar situation, I do you feel it should care more for your dad? Lastly, your dad was very notorious. He left a legacy that was not tasty. It’s a lesson for all, not just your father. I am NOT going to be crude as to say he is reaping his reward, but it should be a lesson to all.


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