Hope Sierra Leone an implementing partner for the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) with funds from Government, UN-PBF, IOM and the Government of Germany has discovered several mass graves within the Bonthe Mainland during a symbolic reparation ceremony held at Mattru Jong for war victims.
The symbolic ceremony restored the dignity, hopes and aspirations of war victims in the area by organizing a benefiting reburial, unveiling of monuments, cleansing of the land, animal sacrifices and a candle light procession to the admiration and compassion of Chiefdom Authorities, Religious Heads, Council Administration Paramount Chiefs, Members of Parliament, youths women’s groups, the Police and the Media.
Paramount Chief of Mattru Alie Badara Sheriff, Chairman of Bonthe District Council Moses Probyn and the Mayor of Bonthe Gilbert Caulker expressed gratitude to the Government through NaCSA and Hope Sierra Leone for remembering those that were severely affected by the war.
The District authorities gave a historical background of the war and its consequences on the people and the land. They commended NaCSA for creating the social Justice Program for war victims by remembering the dead and also improving the lives of war victims. Concluding they also appealed to NaCSA and Hope Sierra Leone to extend the date and place of registration of war victims as far as Bonthe Island.
Director of Hope Sierra Leone John Bangura explained about the symbolic reparation program to residents of Bonthe Mainland and its authorities. Noting that during the war crimes against humanity were committed and it is in that vain that they are remembering the dead and war victims.
Director Bangura explained that Hope Sierra Leone during the cause of their work in Bonthe had discovered mass graves in Mattru and Tihun where over (500) five hundred people comprising of the aged, adults, youths and children were either burnt to ashes, slaughtered or killed by bullets.
He called on residents to put the legacies of the war at their back to move forward for the development of the district. John Bangura also said that all identified grave sites will be given a face lift to send a message that (NO MORE WAR) but peace and development clarifying that war victims are the major beneficiaries of the reparation program.
NaCSA Senior Director of Programmes Dr. William Konteh and the Reparation Program Manager Amadu Bangura gave brief background of NaCSA activities and further explained the reparation program and the intended target beneficiaries who had already registered for the program.
Amadu Bangura further explained that war victims have been registered in various categories and that widows, amputees and school children will be adequately cared for with housing facilities, medical, micro credit and school fees for children to SSS III.
Delivering the key note address the Deputy Commissioner of NaCSA Charles Rogers implored residents of Bonthe to support the reparation program as it may likely be extended to Bonthe Island. He added that at long last war victims have been recognized and encouraged residents of Bonthe to work towards the development of their area.