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JFK Discharges 13-year-old Boy Allegedly Flogged By Officers of The United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL

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Philip T. Singbah, GBARNGA, (LINA)– A 13-year-old Liberian boy allegedly beaten and left unconscious by two UNMIL officers in Bong County recently has been discharged from the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia following a period of medical treatment. 

13-year-old Ruben Wennah. Photo credit: Cholo Brooks

13-year-old Ruben Wennah. Photo credit: Cholo Brooks

The incident took place at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) in Suacoco, Bong County on December 4, 2015 when 13-year-old Ruben Wennah, along with two of his peers, took away from the hood of a car leftover biscuits belonging to the officers.

Wennah was first admitted at the Phebe Hospital but due to the swelling of his stomach and other parts of his body, coupled with mounting public outcry, UNMIL transferred him to the JFK Medical Center for advanced treatment.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency Friday via mobile phone from Buchanan, Wennah’s mother, Comfort Lawal, said Wennah was discharged Thursday after a series of medical examinations proved that there was significant improvement in his health.

Lawal said Wennah is currently staying with his grandmother in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, adding that discussions are ongoing with UNMIL for a package to facilitate his schooling in Buchanan.

In a recent a statement he issued, UNMIL Officer-in-charge and Deputy SRSG for Political Affairs and Rule of Law, Waldemar Vrey said the two UNMIL soldiers were under probe for allegedly beating Wennah.

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