Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – In their third annual run with the purpose of promoting peace among the locals of Kambia District, the Rokupr Khalizha Patriots, along with more than 500 other participants including one of the Members of Parliament for Kambia District, Honorable Mohamed Sheridan Kamara, took a stand against the detrimental effects of drug abuse in the northwestern region.
The run which since 2021 has been promoting healthy lifestyles for its participants also emphasized the urgent need for the government and other stakeholders to facilitate the establishment of rehabilitation centres for victims of drug abuse, particularly the youth residing in impoverished conditions in slums and other hideouts in Kambia district and other parts of the country.
“These conditions are a direct consequence of the devastating aftermath of drug consumption,” speaker after speaker remarked in their brief speeches at the 2023 Rokupr Khalizha Jogging, which spanned a distance of eight kilometers, and drew a large crowd of over 500 participants who were all natives of various towns and villages in Kambia district.
During the event, messages advocating peace and discouraging harmful drug use were disseminated, highlighting the negative consequences that arise from the consumption of such substances. Key points in these messages included a reminder about the illegality of drug use and sales throughout Sierra Leone, as dictated by the country’s laws.
Additionally, the participants were made aware of the slow yet deadly impact that drug abuse can have on individuals, as well as the various illnesses that can afflict addicts, particularly when it comes to the consumption of “Kush”.
As the run heightened on the main Rokupr to Bamoi Luma road, the Master of Ceremony, Alhaji Marry Conteh, introduced several speakers who addressed the unified gathering of over 500 participants, representing various social clubs and organizations such as the Charming Ladies, Alifa Entertainment, Unify Rokupr, and Rokupr Foreign Base.
The speakers, including famous youth, passionately spoke out against harmful drug use and urged attendees to assume leadership roles within their communities to combat this issue.
After the run, Foday Abass Kamara, the founder of Rokupr Khalizha, expressed his satisfaction to Awoko Newspaper, stating that they were thrilled to have garnered a record-breaking turnout of over 500 participants for the third edition of their annual peace jogging event, which he initiated in 2021 to enhance unity and harmony amongst the descendants of Rokupr Khalizha and other individuals from villages and towns in Kambia district.
He emphasized that their choice to advocate against harmful drug use and call for the establishment of rehabilitation centres was a crucial step in their mission to eradicate drug abuse in Kambia district and the wider country of Sierra Leone. ARW/30/12/2023