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In Sierra Leone, Death Row Women Seek Christmas Pardon
By Abdul Fonti
Dec 28, 2009, 12:40
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Please do not kill us. Please do not leave us behind prison walls thinking everyday about when we will be hanged. Please give us another chance this Christmas. Please pardon us. This was the cry of three women on the countrys death row list. The three women, including Mankaprie Kamara, Nyallay Foday and Sia Mbekie, who hoped that President Ernest Bai Koroma will grant them a pardon or commute their death sentences to life imprisonment, voiced out their plea through a civil society organization that advocates for women in prison in Sierra Leone, AdvocAid. An organization called L.A.W.Y.E.R.S has added it voice to the plea of the women in question by calling on the President to look into the stories of these women and grant them mercy.


Mankaprie Kamara, a shy Temne lady in her 30s, has been on death row for over four years. Each day she fears it might be her last. The mental anguish of facing the threat of death is well documented. In many jurisdictions 4 years on death row would be considered inhumane and degrading treatment, something that every citizen should be protected against according to the Constitution, a release from AdvocAid states.


According to the release, Nyallay Foday, a vibrant Mende lady in her early forties, has been on death row for over two (2) years.


Sia Mbekie, a very frail Kono lady, aged over 70 years has been in death row for allegedly killing or arranging the death of a neigbours little child.


These three women have asked AdvocAid to voice their simple plea for them since they are illiterates and feel powerless.


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