8 February 2010

Sierra Leone: Uniting Perpetrators and Victims of War

Freetown — Town chief of Kailahun has said that traditional leaders in the district in eastern Sierra Leone can now heave a sigh of relief.

According to Chief Maada Alpha Ndolleh, since Fambul Tok was launched in the district two years ago, perpetrators and victims of the 11 year-old civil conflict have been working together to promote reconciliation processes in the country.

"After the war, those that were alleged to have caused atrocities refused to go back to their communities. In fact most of them were very stubborn and did not listen to their traditional leaders, but thank God they have now joined the reconciliation process through the initiative of Fambul Tok," Chief Ndolleh disclosed.

He said every community has a farm and that the people now work together as one family for the development of their areas. Chief Ndolleh said he was surprised recently when he went to one of the communities and found out that they have harvested acreages of rice and groundnut farms belonging to the people.

"Apart from community farms, people are embarking on communal labour to repair roads, bridges etc. This is the initiative of Fambul Tok," the Chief stressed.

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