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Chief Justice Assures Red Cross
By Aruna Turay
May 11, 2009, 17:16
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Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone has pledged her total support and commitment to the ratification and enactment of the reviewed Sierra Leone Red Cross Bill in Parliament.

Chief Justice Tejan Jalloh supports the Red Cross

Her Lady the Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh made this assurance whilst delivering her keynote address on the celebration of the World Red Cross Day on the theme, Our World, Your Move. The occasion was observed by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) on Friday 8th May 2009, at the Societys Headquarters in Freetown.

"I feel proud to be associated with the Red Cross, because their initiatives have had a positive impact in all the communities which they operate. They no longer target war victims, but have extended their horizons to meet growing humanitarian needs. I believed that in Sierra Leone, our collective responsibility would be to make sure that the reviewed Red Cross Bill is passed and ratified in parliament, for which I pledge my support" the Chief Justice expressed.

According to the Chief Justice, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, which is known as the national society, was established in 1962 by an Act of Parliament to support governments health interventions and the army medical service. She furthered that at present, the National Society has 113 (One Hundred and Thirteen) District branches, of which five have centers which deals with literacy, basic skills training and psychotherapy issues for child and war victims.

Her Lady Chief Justice Tejan Jalloh noted that the Our World, Your Move campaign is aimed at promoting a culture of prevention and encouraging action at individual, national and global levels. She added that the International Federation has identified several global threats and that it is only by addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities, who are often more exposed to disasters, food and financial crises, voluntary migration and forced displacements, which require all to put humanitarian challenges.

On his part, the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Mr. Emmanuel Tommy informed that: "In Sierra Leone, as a result of an outbreak of influenza in 1918, several wives of British colonial officials formed a social welfare organization to combat the epidemic", adding that: "In 1924, the organization began taking care of mothers and children. In 1937, it was established as a branch of the British Red Cross of which divisions were set up in Bo, Makeni and Kenema in 1950".

Mr. Tommy further stated that in 1963, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) recognized the SLRCS as the 90th national society in the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. He said the Red Cross operates on seven fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

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