Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: 'Revenge Will Not Bring Back My Mother...' - Victim Affirms

A youth whose mother was killed in his presence by one of the dreaded commandos of the defunct Revolutionary United Front named C.O Mbolatay or cut throat, has said that even if he retaliates that will not bring back her mother to life.

Testifying during Fambul Tok's reconciliation ceremony in Jaama, Upper Bambara chiefdom, Kailahun district, last week Thursday June 7, in a tearful mood, Dennis Allieu recalled the day his mother was killed. He said he was a kid but could still recall Umaru taking a knife and stabbing his mother (who was pregnant) to death.

He said after the war he had met the former commando on several occasions but had no dealing with him. Allieu further told the gathering that had it not been for the timely intervention of Fambul Tok, he would never have faced Umaru.

Umaru in his testimony said he was responsible for the death of Adama Allieu. He confessed that he caught Adama in one of their usual attacks in Kailahun district and later killed her in front of her only child (Dennis) who was a very small boy by then.

Confessing further, Umaru went on to state that he had wanted to also kill Dennis but changed his mind and let him go. The former commando however asked local authorities including Dennis to forgive him for committing series of atrocities during the war.

The former RUF fighter was remorseful and asked authorities to join him plead for mercy and forgiveness. The elders responded and asked Dennis to forgive him.

Dennis accepted the apologies and forgave the former fighter in the interest of peace and unity.

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