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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do what you can to help displaced mobile home park residents

By Amos Atibila
January 12, 2012 | 1:32 p.m. CST

Regarding the story, "Voluntary Action Center establishes fund for residents of Regency, El Ray mobile home parks" by Rachel Coward:

Ultimately those who ride in cars, on motorcycles and on horseback cannot determine how hot the ground is. Unfortunately, it is only those who have experienced some form of emergency in their lives before who are actually in a better position to tell how it feels when others also face certain unforeseen challenges at certain point in their lives.

No one would ever wish to be in the shoes of residents of the Regency and El Ray mobile home parks who, due to circumstances beyond their reach, will have to relocate because the location for their mobile homes will finally be brought to a closure. One of the biggest problems people go through is to encounter problems relating to their only means of shelter. In the minds of these residents, they are probably wondering how they will swim through such a problem. But where will their help ever come from? It is not any fault of these residents as they face such an unexpected situation and any person out there can one way or the other come across similar problems.

We cannot turn blind eyes and deaf ears to the plight of these vulnerable residents who need immediate help to overcome the storms of their life. Like the Salvation Army bells, this is an urgent call to individuals, non-governmental agencies and philanthropists to reach out to these residents by any means they can, and to help put these residents in an appropriate shape. The Voluntary Action Center has set an example worth emulating by establishing a fund that will go toward helping these residents relocate.

Little drops of water they say make an ocean, and so we can all, with no regard to our status in life, donate what we have in cash into a big pool of funds to help solve this problem. I am not well to do, but I have also taken a bold step by donating the little I have to help the situation. This is indeed an emergency that needs immediate action. Are we waiting until the problem gets out of hand before we begin finding ways to help?

Amos Atibila is resident of Marshall.