By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Partnering to Serve Humanity consortium, with the support of the Tzu Chi Foundation, extended a significant gesture by donating three 10kg bags of rice each to three thousand people during an interfaith dialogue in Freetown.
The strategic interfaith dialogue, hosted at the Jesus Is Lord Ministries Headquarters in Tower Hill, Freetown, convened various religious groups aimed at promoting peace and national unity. Leaders representing Partners in Serving Humanity urged spiritual leaders to share insights into the crucial role believers play in upholding peace in the nation.
Apostle Dora Dumbuya, General Overseer of Jesus Is Lord Ministries, expressed gratitude for the ongoing donations over the past six years. She attributed the successful gathering to the prevailing peace in the country and encouraged attendees to uphold this peace, particularly during the current period.
“God is the harbinger of peace, instructing His people to live harmoniously. United, we stand; divided, we fall,” Apostle Dumbuya asserted. “Our unity will continue to draw blessings from the unified God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”
Sheikh Fomba Abubakarr Swaray, Chief Imam of Jamil-ul Qudus Sierra Leone Muslim Missionaries Union, acknowledged the country’s blessings and urged Muslims and adherents of other faiths to preserve this blessing by maintaining peace and respecting the nation’s authorities.
“As we cherish this peace, may the Almighty bless religious and political leaders, recipients, and donors alike,” Sheikh Swaray advocated.
Haja Miniatu Konneh, representing the Interreligious Council, highlighted Sierra Leoneans’ unity amidst diversity, evident in intermarriages and religious coexistence transcending tribal and regional boundaries.
“Unity prevails among us; it’s only politics that attempts to sow division,” Konneh remarked. “Our harmonious interaction between Muslims and Christians, even in marriage, is a point of admiration for other nations.”
Minister of Social Welfare, Mrs. Melrose Kamity, commended Partners in Serving Humanity and Tzu Chi Foundation for their timely consideration of the people. Stressing the country’s peaceful nature, she affirmed that the majority of citizens ardently seek and maintain peace, while only a few disrupt it.
“Sierra Leone’s peace is resilient; most of us yearn for it. It’s only a handful seeking to disturb it,” Mrs. Kamity affirmed.
Encouraging attendees to heed the advice of their spiritual leaders, Kamity urged everyone to become ambassadors of peace within their homes and communities. She called upon women to intervene if they observe any family members engaging in unlawful activities and announced forthcoming hotlines for support in tackling youth involved in drug abuse.
Representing Caritas, Ishmail Alfred Charles highlighted the seventh consecutive year of support from the Tzu Chi Foundation. Charles underscored the donation of nine hundred 10kg bags of rice, reaching three thousand individuals this year.
He emphasized utilizing religious leaders’ influence to reinforce messages of peace and compliance with curfew laws among their followers. SEG/20/12/2023