In their strides to ensure that Sierra Leoneans maintain and sustain peace among themselves in their communities, Fambul Tok International has visited peace farms in the Moyamba District.
The Peace Farm is an initiative developed by Peace Mothers who were victims of the eleven years civil war.
Fambul Tok is rooted in the understanding that reconciliation is a process and not a one-time event and thus the program works with community on a long-term basis.
Fambul Tok is built upon Sierra Leone’s “family talk” tradition of discussing and resolving issues within the security of a family circle. The program at the village level help communities organize ceremonies that include truth- telling, bonfires and traditional cleansing ceremonies- practices that many communities have not employed before the war.
Following the ceremonies, Fambul Tok works with the communities to organize activities to support and sustain the reconciliation process and these include radio-listening clubs, football games, and even village-initiated community farms, projects through which newly reconciled individuals are able to come together for the good of the community.
At Timdale Chiefdom, Mye Section, Sembehun Kannah Town, Jeneba Momodu one of the peace mothers, explained that she was happy for the timely intervention of Fambul Tok by reconciling them in their communities.
She disclosed that after the reconciliation process in their communities they decided to engage on farming activities which will foster peace among themselves, and called on World Food Programme (WFP), Action Aid International and other Non governmental organizations to assist them with their farming activities as they lack tools and food for work.
The Director of Fambul Tok, John Caulker explained that, Peace Mothers is an initiative developed from the women themselves after they have been reconciled in their communities while he emphasized that there vision is to foster sustainable peace in Sierra Leone through reviving communities traditions and values of confession, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Director maintained that “with Fambul Tok we hope to address reconciliation at community level, to create space for victims and offenders to sit together, to start the long journey to reconciliation”.
These peace mothers, he said are eager to develop their communities through farming activities.
Another peace mother, Jattu Pessima in Bangruwa Chiefdom, Sembehun Section, Congonaine village, while thanking Fambul Tok for healing their wounds, calls for support in their farming activities as they are ready to develop their communities.
Masu Sesay, Fambul Tok, District Coordinator explained that the farming activities started this year with the planting of rice, cassava and groundnut and added that after cultivation some of the harvest will be use for sale and some as revolving loans in other communities. Another peace mother, Mary Yambasu of Taninehun Village called on government to help as there is no school, hospital, and even clean water to drink in their community, while calling on other organization to emulate the style of Fambul Tok in engaging them in activities that are geared towards sustaining peace.
By Abibatu Kamara