The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has called upon Civil society representatives, religious heads, local and tribal authorities, the media, police and other stakeholders in the Eastern Region to serve as community members for the on going reparation for victims who suffered greatly during the civil war in Sierra Leone.
The call was made during a meeting held at the NaCSA Eastern regional office at 115 Hangha road in Kenema city to discus the way forward for the reparations programme.
Speaking to the audience the NaCSA Field Coordinator in Freetown Hawa Sesay said the programme is aimed and it is all and managed by Sierra Leoneans.
She said the committee in Kenema is expected to serve as a bridge between NaCSA and the victims to also serve as community sensitization unit and to help clarify certain key issues in the programme for mutual understanding.
The aim of the programme Madam Hawa Sesay said is to provide healing and reconciliation to victims in Sierra Leone adding that the beneficiaries will include the war amputees, severely war wounded, victim of sexually affected victims, war widow and war affected children.
Hawa Sesay recalled a case in one of the districts where victims were accompanied by letters from committee members to justify their positions, but warned that nepotism and favouritsm should be put aside so that the programme will achieve a genuine general feeling and reconciliation in Sierra Leone.
In his contribution the NaCSA outreach coordinator and field supervisor Sarty Kamara paid vivid account of the reparation package and the criteria to the grant aid beneficiaries. Mr.Kamara revealed that the Programme was designed to address some of the needs of war affected person who will qualify for the package.
Sarty who informed the meeting that not all needs will be addressed and not all war affected person would benefit further revealed that skills training micro credit facilities, reparation dues symbolic and community reparation will be some of the benefits to illegible victims. The out reach coordinator admonished the reparations sub-committee members to be vigilant in monitoring the progress so that the benefit will reach those targeted beneficiaries.
At the end of the meeting it was also recommended that local radios and community people undertake the radio sensitization so that confidence and the sense of belonging will influence governance reparation and cooperation for the overall success of the project.