David Waines is a Canadian who's been serving the people of Liberia for 27 years.
Sam McLoughlin is a filmmaker from Canada who was present in Liberia in October of 2013 making a short film about David's life and work.
Here is a letter from a concerned group of Canadians regarding David's current situation:
"My name is Mark Anderson and I represent a large and growing number of Canadians who have supported the 25 year ministry of David and Audry Waines in Liberia, during which time they have sacrificed enormously to bring life and healing to the men, women, and children of this country. As you know, they have survived civil wars and great hardship.
We are growing increasingly concerned for David Waines' human rights regarding the circumstances and conditions of his ongoing imprisonment. Our understanding is that the prosecution no longer has any material evidence to support the case against David Waines, and so in view of Mr. Waines' very real and urgent medical needs resulting in permanent crippling as time goes on, we are encouraging you to do everything in your power to seek his release.
We understand that the charge against David Waines is very serious and it is not our role to assume either guilt or innocence. However, in either case, David Waines' record of decades of service to the Liberian people demands that he receive two basic aspects of humanitarian care, namely due legal process and the best medical attention available.
David Waines is a Canadian hero who has inspired us to love and care for the people of Liberia. We are people of faith. We are people in the marketplace. We represent Canadians who send aid to Liberia, who travel to Liberia, who do business with Liberia, and who have invested in Liberia. We are seeking reassurances that the Liberian Government will not allow any shadow of injustice or inhumanity to affect this case. We call upon them to provide for David Waines according to internationally agreed upon standards of humanitarian care. David Waines has given much of his life to the Liberian people ... we do not want to see more of his health taken from him in prison.
In the name of fairness, we call on the Liberian Government for due legal process and immediate provision of adequate medical care."
- Mark Anderson