Freetown, 22 September, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown has, in his message on the International Day of Peace, lauded Sierra Leoneans for rising from the country’s civil war devastation, noting that the West African nation has room to work for sustainable cohesion.
In a message sent to ACI Africa on Thursday, September 21 when the world marked the Day of Peace, Fr. Peter Konteh said that the commemoration is especially important for Sierra Leone which endured an 11-year civil war that ended in 2002, leaving behind a lot of destruction.
An estimated 50,000 people died in the war that also led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands. The war also left behind thousands of people maimed from forced amputations of limbs and lips.
“The International Day of Peace holds great significance for Sierra Leone, a country that experienced a devastating civil war,” Fr. Konteh says.
He adds, “While progress has been made in post-war healing, justice, and reconciliation, challenges remain. Addressing poverty, inequality, and governance issues, promoting inclusive development, and fostering social cohesion are crucial for sustainable peace.”