The Centre for Victims of Torture (CVT) based in Kono recently joined the rest of the world in observing the international day in support of victims of torture.
Addressing the gathering guest speaker Aiah F. Sandi spoke about the essence of the day which was to give support to the victims of torture, through hope, trust and confidence building.
He maintained that during the ten years civil war so many people suffered both physically and psychologically in the hands of those who had the upper hand in society.
The guest speaker opined further that despite the war is over yet those who had been victims of such inhuman treatment need to be pacified and recognized in every society and also the community where they belong.
Mr. Sandi further explained how the United Nations has worked assiduously to stop the evil acts and also to ensure that it was enacted in the UN Charter as a law, to which Sierra Leone is a signatory to the treaty.
He noted that CVT being one of the organisations working to preserve the true dignity of others, will stand firm in the strongest possible terms to condemn any such inhuman acts.
Furthermore he reminded the audience that torture is common and could be experienced at home, in institutions and also in our communities, stressing that, “therefore CVT is there to ensure victims are thoroughly cancelled so as to assure them of true position in society.”
Statements on how to prevent such inhuman acts were heard from government and other non-governmental organisations, while the lifespan of CVT is shortlived as it is to wrap up by next June.
Already a replacement had already been put in place dubbed as Community Association for Psychological Services (CAPS) which has already started operations in Kailahun District.