Victims of the eleven years’ civil war in Sierra Leone have frowned at the reparation package prepared by the Government of Sierra Leone on their behalf. This was expressed at the launching of the Peace Museum at the former Special Court Compound on Tuesday 10th December 2019. According to the National President of Amputees and War Wounded, Mohamed Tarawallie, hundreds of amputees are struggling in the streets of Freetown and other parts of the country for food and shelter. Tarawallie said the issue to address their plights was a cabinet decision in September 2005 under the leadership of the late President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, adding that most of the issues highlighted in the document were never adhered to by subsequent governments. The National Secretary General of the Amputee and War Wounded in Sierra Leone, Victor Gbegba, said amputees are supposed to have free transportation on government vehicles and buses. He also said that they are supposed to enjoy free education for themselves and their biological children, together with free medication. The Secretary noted, “it was furthered agreed that the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security should endeavor to provide seed rice and other agricultural inputs for the Amputees Association so that they could improve their socio-economic lives.” He said the burden was delegated to the former Vice President to ensure that they have such facilities.
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Victor said only Le6million was provided to war victims during the peak of the Ebola virus as a reparation package, noting that over the years they have been trying to engage authorities concerned, but fell on deaf ears. He said, “the issue of war victims is yet to be addressed, as we are the custodians of peace, and we want to ensure the peace continue.” The Attorney General and Minister of Justice Priscilla Schwartz vowed to address the issue of the war victims through the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Disability Commission. She said victims of the war should not only be provided with money but also reintegrated into society.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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