Parents affected by the Adoption done by Help A Needy Child International (HANCI) 15 years ago have given a two-week ultimatum to the Government for them to have access to their children overseas or they will go on the rampage.
In relation to this adoption, the Government set up a Commission of Enquiry and a White Paper was issued and five HANCI officials were charged to court in August (2012) on 31 count charges ranging from trafficking of persons, perjury and other related offences.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Harry Yansaneh Memorial hall, Spokesperson for the affected parents, Abubakarr Kargbo, said that one of the principal accused Dr. Roland F Kargbo is now a Member of Parliament for Constituency 36, representing the ruling APC government.
He said that this is absurd and unthinkable to see a man who declares war against women and children, and who allegedly sold children, is now a Member of Parliament.
“We are deeply convinced as parents, that Dr. Kargbo is trying to hide under the APC government, but as parents we are ready to fight with the last drop of our blood, for our children, to ensure that justice is meted out in this matter”, Kargbo said.
He said that according to the Government White Paper, the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation were instructed to establish bi-lateral contacts with the relevant authorities and governments of the countries in which the children currently reside, with the hope of facilitating the necessary contacts between the trafficked children and their biological parents.
“We the biological parents express our absolute dissatisfaction and displeasure with the current trend of actions or instructions mentioned by the government in the White Paper, as it is over nine months since the white paper was issued but we have not heard or seen any development in that direction from the said authorities”.
The Spokesman stated that as parent, they want to make it categorically clear that the way and manner in which government is treating this issue is despicable, adding that the government is treating the issue with levity or as a missed opportunity.
Kargbo called on the Judiciary to fast-track the current HANCI case in court as “we are desperate to know the fate of our missing children who have been in the dark for over 15 years”.
David Turner, Public Relations Officer Children’s Forum Network (CFN) called on the court to fast-track the case and also called on parents to be patient and law-abiding.
He said that all children should be treated with respect and dignity.