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Emotional Event Concludes at National Stadium Hostels in Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times
Sep 26, 2011, 14:50
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If anyone within the Ernest Koroma regime had believed that the press briefing this afternoon called up by the relatives of the victims of the 29 Sierra Leoneans killed by the NPRC regime, was going to be a matter of childs play or an insignificant drop in the ocean of daily news reports, they got the shock of their lives when relatives of all the 29 people executed gathered in their numbers to unequivocally state their position with respect to what they want from the local and international community.

 

It was emotional to watch as several dozens of black-clad wives, daughters, sons and relatives shed bitter tears which also sparked off tears amongst even some of Sierra Leones most seasoned journalists as well as foreign press correspondents.

 

We will bring you the details of this event, the emotional speech, responses and photographs shortly. Every single one of the 29 victims had their relatives present today. The main Statement delivered on behalf of all the families was by Julius Bambay Kamara the son of the late Police I.G. The jam-packed occasion was chaired by the elder brother of late Major Hanciles one of the executed officers whilst the wife of late Lt. Col. Yaya Kanu gave a brief statement of thanks as she shed tears. The sister of late Salamatu Kamara, the only woman executed also addressed journalists but she broke down in bitter tears halfway through her words. The daughter of late Major Aruna Jalloh also shed bitter tears as she recalled how her father was collected from their residence with only a towel around his hips and a pajamas shirt as he ate garri and sugar with her that evening.

 

One of the most poignant moments was when the son of late Bambay Kamara shed tears as he asked U.N.s Michael Schulenburg what right he had to welcome the apology of Julius Maada Bio given to the families when Schulenburg had never made effort to contact any one of the families. To strong echoes of approval from the seated family members, Julius Bambay Kamara stated in his speech: We want to appeal to the United Nations representative Mr. Schulenburg that his home country of Germany is not any better than my country Sierra Leone. If human rights abusers in Germany can be chased and tried over 50 years after their criminal acts, Sierra Leone is not any less than Germany. We do not understand why Mr. Schulenburg told the United Nations Security Council last week that he welcomes the Apology from NPRCs Julius Maada Bio given to our families. With all due respect to Mr. Schulenburg, how can he welcome an Apology made to us without first speaking to us to know our feelings on it? Mr. Schulenburg, please know Sir that the victims families have REJECTED that apology![culled verbatim from prepared speech distributed].

 

We will bring the full text of the Speech shortly.


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