Winston-Salem residents sat in rapt attention at a Town Hall-style meeting Saturday as Liberian Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh spoke about his country’s war-ridden past and the rebuilding process for the future. Sulunteh was in Winston-Salem last week by invitation of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont, a non-profit organization that supports community programs in Winston-Salem and Liberia. Sulunteh said a partnership with Winston-Salem will be crucial in Liberia’s rebuilding process following the recent period of civil wars in the country. The country has been plagued by civil wars since 1989. The Second Liberian Civil War concluded in August, 2003, but he said that the country is still recovering. “Destroying something is so quick, but rebuilding takes a long time,” he said. “The wars killed 250,000 of our people, and hospitals and schools were burned down, destroying the fabrics of our country. Through the help of our friends in the U.S., we have been able to secure peace in Liberia.” Sulunteh expressed the need to strengthen Winston-Salem’s existing relationship with its sister city, Buchanan in Grand Bassa County, Liberia, which he said would be advantageous for both cities. Sister cities are formed by an agreement of cities in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. Buchanan, one of five of Winston-Salem’s sister cities, has been partnered with Winston-Salem since 2011 . “The agreement to become sister cities was signed in 2011, and now we have to exploit the potential the partnership can offer the two cites,” said James Hunder, president of the Liberian Organization of the Piedmont. “The ambassador being here can help jumpstart that process.” Forsyth Technical Community College already has a relationship with Grand Bassa Community College, as a result […]
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