The legacies of the civil war are glaring in Sierra Leone, with the presence of street children, orphans, rape victims, drug addicts and destitute youths; some of whom a Korean Church mission now seeks to rescue through the Messianic Ambassador for Africa (MAFA).
Over the weekend, Awoko accompanied some Korean investors and philanthropists from the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in South Korea to an orphanage at Kwama Village, 7 miles off Waterloo in the Koya Rural District, to donate five bags of rice, two footballs and toiletries to the orphans.
Dr. Moo Woong Lee the Korean Liaison revealed that Sierra Leone has huge untapped potentials which need to be exploited for the economic development of the Country.
He stated that the donation was just a tip of the iceberg, to demonstrate their willingness and honest intention to support the post conflict development of Sierra Leone through technology , skill transfer, agriculture and food security, tourism, marine and other industries; to compliment government’s effort in the socio economic development drive of the Country.
He confirmed that industrialization of Sierra Leone formed part of their major objectives, but being a Christian mission, charity is inbuilt, as a way of restoring human dignity.
In consolidating peace in Sierra Leone Dr. Lee unfolded their plans to undertake various projects to harmonize all the religious denominations; adding that plans are underway to host an inter-religious conference in Sierra Leone.
He then expressed satisfaction over the business climate in the Country as compared to the war years.
“Once established we would expand to other areas in the Country” he concluded.
Another member of the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Kyu Hee Lee with a very heavy heart entreated the beneficiaries to be prayerful and to be stead fast in God, so that He would intervene in their situation.
In retrospection of her encounter with the rebels during the height of the war in Kambia a couple of years ago, one of the orphans Zainab Bangura said her parents were brutally killed by the rebels and they attempted to abduct her but she resisted.
She further explained that the rebels had no alternative but to shoot her on the leg, but she was rescued by her uncle who rushed with her to the Emergency Hospital where the cartridge was removed.
“I still feel some pains in my legs” she said.
Another orphan Mohamed Kanu narrated how he was rendered an orphan and homeless at the height of the war when the rebels killed his parents and destroyed his sight; but he was later rescued by the Caretaker Manager Edward Anaque who brought him to Freetown to attend school.
Anaque said the orphanage comprised of over 50 (fifty) people including: street children, drug addicts, destitute youths and orphans.
Sister Wisdom Veronica Conteh, Director of the orphanage explained that her organization is community-based oriented, seeking to address some of the legacies of the war in the Country.
The future development of the Country she noted, wholly depends on the youths and the children; adding that the only way we could ensure a hope for the Country is to start with the hopeless youths and children.
She explained that her organization is not a profit making organization but a voluntary one where well wishers and friends contribute towards the welfare of the orphans.
She expressed gratitude to the Korean envoy for such a good will gesture, which she said would go a long way in ameliorating the plight of the orphans.
By Solomon Rogers