Radio Broadcast Rouses Liberians

Feb 272009

At about 2:30 a.m., a bunch of very angry roosters began co-co-loe-loing outside my window. Loudly. I jumped out of bed thinking it was my 6 a.m. wake up call.So not the case.

Thousands of Liberians across the country were awake fetching water. They managed to?even stir the chickens.

Why? Because they had heard news that there would be no water for three days. Angels were coming to dry out the wells.

Phones were ringing all night as Liberians were passing the word along to get plenty of water. The culprit, TRUTH FM. They allowed one reverend to announce on air that he had a prophecy about the nation's water supply.

Early this morning, Laurence K. Bropleh, head of the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism made a public service announcement. He said the reports turned rumors were erroneous.

"The media has power and this shows how vulnerable the residents have become," Bropleh said.

"The media is so powerful, people actually removed themselves from their bed and their children to fetch water," he added.

Shortly after 3 a.m., the rain came and there was more water.