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A Statement on Behalf of Children in Sierra Leone
Courtesy of Matthais A. Sesay, Coordinator, Defence for Children International, Freetown, Sierra Leone

"Many children have not only been kept far away from medical care, class rooms and other vocational institutions, but allowed to loose their childhood, lives and human dignitiesw at battle fromts, whilst their commanders in most cases stay at the back.

I strongly request the many adults of this country who coordinated the Small-Boy Units" for example to ask the children of this nation for forgiveness on behalf of their dead, amputated brothers and sisters.

As volunteers, we also seek to promote and implement the most effective means of protecting children's rights from both preventive and curative standpoints.

The children of Sierra Leone like many other children of the world deserve PEACE, LOVE, CARE, PROTECTION, and above all EDUCATION so as to be able to fight against the vices of senseless rebellions, ignorance and human expliotation."*

Courtesy of Matthais A. Sesay
Defence for Children International
Sierra Leone Section. (DCI-SL)
42 Siaka Stevens Street,
Freetown, Sierra Leone
FAX: +232-22-228733/ 224439
Phone: +232-22-228733/225886
Cel: +232-76-610332

*This quotation was delivered during a joint ceremony organized by the Defenece for Children International (DCI-Sierra Leone), I*EARN-Sierra Leoene and the World Peace Prayer Society Sierra Leone Chapter (WPPS-SLC), makring the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.


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