The Kailahun district Paramount Chief Member of Parliament, Mohamed Kailondo Sama Banya has disclosed that the fate of hundreds of children in the district hangs in the balance unless “immediate action” is taken. Addressing colleague Paramount Chiefs from Kenema, Kono and Kailahun districts during a Regional consultative meeting in Kenema, he said the children “are heading for hell” because of the way messages of human rights were being delivered to his subjects. This, he went on, had created a wedge between parents and children.
He explained that several children were now living on the street in his chiefdom of Luawa because their parents had abandoned them because of the child rights preached to them. He said the children were no longer listening to their parents or taking instructions from them and had even abandoned schooling.
“If you visit the streets of Kailahun town at night you will see these children roaming around the Court Barray and they remain there for the whole night”, the PC said. He said some of the children sleep on stalls and in the court Barray. He said he had encouraged parents to tend to their children but that the parents had always brought up the issue of child rights and poverty. PC Kailondo appealed to government and humanitarian organisations to immediately intervene “to save Sierra Leone from collapsing again”. He urged the Human Rights Commission to pay frequent visits to his district and “preach the right messages” to the children and parents and if possible form human rights clubs in schools to help them do this.