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DATI Kukatonon Peace Project Donors Update: What Your Donations Are Doing for Liberian Genocide Survivors

DATI kukatonon Peace Project was launched in Liberia in November 2019. It is a grassroot
effort engineered by Liberian playwright Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr.
and strongly supported by Liberian college youths from various ethnic backgrounds and political
subdivisions in Liberia. The project is also supported by African Americans in the United States,
the Kappa Alpha Psi Burlington, North Carolina Chapter, Liberians from different ethnic
backgrounds (Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Grand Bassa, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Montserrado,
and Lofa), and a citizen from the Republic of Sierra Leone. These humanitarians support the
genuine reinstatement of rule of law in Liberia. Therefore, DATI owes them and all those who
donate to our worthy cause of peacebuilding in Liberia a debt of gratitude for providing the funds
to undertake the activities that are outlined in this donors’ update.

Dire Need to Respect the Sanctity of Human Life in Liberia: DATI Peace Advocates Visit Family of Mordecial Nyemah in Pleebo

Peace Advocates of the Maryland/Gbenelue Chapter of Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI)
visited the family of Mordecial Nyema on Monday, April 19th, 2021 in Pleebo City, Maryland
County. The high-powered DATI delegation was led by its Maryland County Director Meshach
Sieh Elliott. During the solemn ceremony, the youths of Dehkontee Artists Theatre’s Maryland
Chapter expressed their deepest condolences to Ms. Mary Nyemah, the surrogate mother of slain
youth and commercial motor cyclist Mordecial Neyma and his family, for their irreparable loss.
Mordecial Nyemah was a twelfth-grade student of Pleebo High School.
DATI also presented a humble consolation package to Ms. Nyema and her family to help defray
some of the funeral expenses for their son. During the ceremony libation was poured to
acknowledge the presence of the spirits of our forefathers so they would bless the gathering. Mr.
Thomas Kuwait Nyemah expressed gratitude on behalf of the family. He stated that what DATI
did to reach out to his family was heartwarming. He thanked Dr. Gbaba and the DATI team for a
job well done. Ms. Mary Nemah, aunt of the deceased also thanked DATI for their general
support. 

DATI Peace Advocates Visit Accused Maryland Rioters at National Palace of Corrections in Zwedru

The Zwedru National Palace of Corrections

Jesus said to the multitude: “Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of
God.” He also instructs those who believe in him to “go and set the captives free and to preach
the acceptable year of the Lord… to visit the downtrodden and shut-in…”
The DATI Maryland Chapter Peace Advocates received this mandate from their Executive
Director, Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr., when it was reported thirty-four
youths, including Maryland youth leader, Thomas Kuma, were accused, arrested, and imprisoned
without due process. The incident occurred following the gruesome murder of Mordecial
Nyemah in Pleebo, Maryland County, in Southeastern Liberia.
Mordecial was twelfth-grade student at Pleebo High School. He was also the bread winner for
his family. Therefore, his brutal death was a big blow to the Nyemah family. Mordecial was
buried last Saturday. His solemn homegoing was attended by thousands of aggrieved mourners.
May his soul rest in peace.
Rabbi Gbaba condemned the wanton destruction of public and private properties by rioters in
Maryland County when he spoke on “Focus on Liberia” podcast show last Thursday. Instead, he
suggests in the future aggrieved citizens must pursue justice through rule of law but not via
jungle justice. Gbaba also regrets Liberian students and youths are being held in detention
beyond the constitutional time frame without legal representation or due process. Apart, Gbaba

DATI Kukatonon Peace Project in Liberia Gains African American Support!

Members of the Burlington, North Carolina Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

The Dehkontee Artists Theatre Kukatonon Peace Project in Liberia is gaining African American
as well as local support from Liberians. On Sunday, May 16th, DATI Peace Advocates chatted
on zoom with members of Burlington North Carolina Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Chapter. The
purpose of the zoom conference call was to provide DATI Peace Advocates in Liberia the
opportunity to personally express their profound gratitude to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity donors
for their financial and moral supports.