Amputees living at the Grafton Amputee camp are calling on government to extend the electricity supply to their camps.
The Amputee Association’s vice chairlady, Kadiatu Fofanah, who had both legs amputated by the rebels during the 11-year old civil war said the hardship in the country was hitting them the hardest and the fact that they were incapacitated, they could not fend for themselves as much as they would have wanted to.
She said, “if the country is benefiting from any essential utility, we as amputees should be considered as well”.
Kadiatu said they were very much stressed because they were seeing electricity in nearby houses day in and day out and their own camp was in pitch darkness.
“This is very frustrating, we are part of this country, we have suffered a lot and it is now time for government to look into our plight,” she appealed.
She said the Sierra Leone People’s Party which was in governance has not implemented the TRC report which recommended that a fund be set up to take care of some of our needs.
“We do not feel that we have been treated justly as victims of the war” Kadiatu lamented.
“We are hoping that the new All People’s Congress looks into all the burning issues of the Amputees and war wounded and at least address some of them.” Kadiatu entreated.
She said that they also have children going to school, they also want to see themselves at night and those that could afford it would want to use television which would to a large extent ease some of their pains and anguish.
The Amputee vice Chairlady pointed out that the electric poles are not far from their camp and National Power Authority could not spend lots of money to connect them.
“You can do it Mr President if you want to, give us light and make us happy” Kadiatu pleaded