By Sahr Eric George
Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Madam Fatmata B. Samura, the Director of the Ibrahim Samura’s Foundation, has initiated an outreach and sensitization tour in Hastings Community to educate youths about the adverse effects of Kush on both individuals and society.
Commencing the sensitization tour, Madam Fatmata engaged with youths in various areas, including Hastings Wharf Ghetto, Garage Ghetto, and Kitchen Corner Ghettoes. She delivered a stark message about the harmful impact of Kush on the community, emphasizing that it is a menace claiming the lives of many young individuals.
Madam Fatmata stressed the deceptive ease of starting the habit of consuming Kush but highlighted the immense difficulty in quitting, often requiring a prolonged and challenging process.
She drew attention to the financial toll of Kush intake, revealing that individuals who indulge in this habit might have the means to purchase Kush but struggle to provide for basic necessities, including food. “How can you afford to buy wraps of Kush and then beg for food?” she questioned.
Madam Fatmata strongly advised youths to refrain from smoking Kush, cautioning that persistent use would lead to self-destruction. She spoke passionately about the severe consequences of drug abuse, noting that addiction to Kush could result in life-threatening physical conditions, such as swollen feet and large sores.
Addressing the broader impact on the lives and careers of young people, she underscored that succumbing to Kush addiction could jeopardize their futures. “When you become addicted to Kush, you will develop swollen feet that end up being a big sore that will eventually kill you,” she warned. “Kush also dries up your blood and makes you look malnourished,” she added.
In her closing statements, Madam Fatmata urged youths to redirect their focus towards building meaningful lives, contributing positively to society, and preparing themselves for future leadership roles. SEG/26/11/2023