The media team, which publicizes the work of Caritas Freetown dismisses Sahid’s utterances, noting that the Catholic Church was the first to respond to the Pademba Road incident through its entities, Don Bosco and Caritas.
“We rehabilitated some parts of the prison and provided relief and pastoral services to inmates. This intervention is not a one-time event; it is a process that is constantly done to bring dignity to the inmates,” they say.
The media team says that Sahid’s allegation that Archbishop Tamba Charles never responded to the May 2020 riots and killings in the Tombo community outside Freetown is false.
In the November 25 interview with ACI Africa, Archbishop Tamba Charles said that inter-religious Council had convened a meeting with the police and youth following the August 10 riot that led to the death of six police officers and dozens of civilians, an incident that the Catholic Archbishop said had heightened political tension in the country ahead of the polls.
“Since the 10th August riot, the IRCSL has organized another meeting with the representatives of the political parties, and many of them were rather remorseful, but they blamed the security forces for the many deaths,” Archbishop Tamba Charles said.
(Story continues below)
Subscribe to our daily newsletter
At ACI Africa, our team is committed to reporting the truth with courage, integrity, and fidelity to our faith. We provide news from Africa, as seen through the teachings of the Catholic Church - so that you can grow in your Catholic faith.
When you subscribe to the ACI Africa Updates, we will send you a daily email with links to the news you need.
Use the form below to stay informed, and to tell us where we can send the ACI Africa Updates!
As part of this free service you may receive occasional offers from us at EWTN News and EWTN. We won't rent or sell your information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
The Caritas Freetown team highlights the work of the entity’s Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), noting that the commission was one of the first organizations that engaged with varied people in the Tombo community following the May 2020 incident.
The Caritas Freetown JPC, the team clarifies, “was not only engaged as drivers of peace but provided relief and continued to work and strengthen the restorative Justice mechanisms within the community.”
“On the August violence that pitted the youth against authorities, Archbishop Tamba Charles is one of the prominent individuals charged with the responsibility to investigate the reason for the uprising and he is spending his precious time out of pastoral engagements to serve his country diligently by pushing to ensure that the real facts are attained,” the Caritas Freetown officials say.
On the allegation that Archbishop Tamba Charles wasted time celebrating matrimony between President Bio and his wife, the team asserts, “The Archbishop is the chief Shepherd of the Catholic Archdiocese and therefore has the responsibility of celebrating sacraments, and marriage happens to be one of the sacraments. There is nothing wrong about the Archbishop celebrating the marriage of one of his members.”
The team of the development arm of the Catholic Church in Freetown notes that the Church is focused on changing lives in Sierra Leone, with the guidance of Archbishop Tamba Charles, and has been feted several times for it.
“We wish to assure you that the Catholic Church is very focused on nation-building and this is evident by our social structures like schools, clinics, hospitals, development and relief institutions that are providing for the poorest of the poor and seeking Justice for the needy," the Caritas Freetown office says, adding, "Catholic Church is the fundamental option of the poor."
“The work of Caritas can be seen at all levels irrespective of the religion or creed of our beneficiaries," says the team, which was on December 2 named the best NGO in Sierra Leone.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.