Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a harrowing incident that sent shockwaves through the Portee community, a young man known locally as “Go try” was found attempting to take his own life at Abdulai Lane, Portee, in the eastern part of Freetown.
Community stakeholders have revealed that “Go try” had been grappling with drug addiction for several years. Mr. Mondeh, a figure in the Portee community, who had employed the young man in the sale of drugs, shared his account of the incident. He had returned home from Hasting around 3 a.m. on Thursday, only to be greeted by the distressing news that “Go try” had taken a bottle and inflicted injuries upon himself within his residence.
Upon discovering the injured young man, “Go try” left Mondeh’s residence and headed to his family home, leaving behind a scene of distress and confusion.
Without hesitation, Mondeh rushed to the nearby police checkpoint along the Baibureh Road off Portee junction, where he promptly reported the incident. Officers from the Kissy Division in the eastern part of Freetown swiftly responded to the call and began an investigation into the matter, particularly tracing the steps of the distressed young man to his relatives’ residence.
Mondeh disclosed that “Go try” had been battling an illness for the past three months, during which he had provided him with medication. However, the young man had expressed dissatisfaction with his progress after three rounds of treatment.
Two community members and some youths who had heard about the incident confirmed that “Go try” had recently displayed signs of severe physical distress, with a swollen stomach and an overall unhealthy appearance.
During the police interrogation at the scene, “Go try” gave a heart-wrenching response to their question, explaining, “I am tired of living in this condition.”
In response to the situation, the police, Mondeh, and other concerned relatives at the scene on Wharf Road decided to immediately transport “Go try” to the hospital for medical attention while the investigation continued. The community is now rallying together to support the young man during this challenging time, emphasizing the importance of addressing addiction and mental health issues within the Portee community. AJ/28/10/2023