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In Sierra Leone, War victim needs educational assistance
By Aruna Turay
Aug 2, 2012, 17:10
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A victim of the eleven years brutal war in Sierra Leone is currently seeking help from humanitarian organizations and individuals including mining companies, telecommunication companies and members of the business community among others to pursue her education.

 

Alice Bickerstech is a twenty- year old blind girl who was part of the war victims who brutally suffered in the hands of the rebels during the January 6, 1999 rebel invasion in Freetown.

 

On Wednesday 1st August 2012, Alice managed to make her way to our 17 Garrison Street Office to request for our services to let the world know about her plight and assist her pursue her educational career.

 

Alice Bickerstech Someone please help me to build my career

 

Explaining her ordeal with the rebels in 1999, Alice told the Awareness Times that she was six years old when the rebels attacked their home in the east end of Freetown.

 

She said the rebels shot her mother and father in their bedroom and tied them up with  rope. As if that was not enough, they lit a nylon plastic bag and melted it into my  eyes until  I got blind, Alice stated. She furthered that after that brutal act on her person  , the rebels forced her to walk  from her house to the central part of the city where they fell into an ECOMOG ambush .

 

She was then rushed to the Connaught Hospital where she was administered and later discharged with the hope of undergoing surgery at a latter date. Alice further explained that few years later, she was enrolled at the Sierra Leone School for the Blind where she attained her primary education and later entered the Methodist Girls School until she wrote her West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)   in the Arts and came out with a very good result.

 

According to her She is to be enrolled in the University to study Broadcasting and become a TV Talk Show Host, a career she had been longing for .Judging by her current predicament and financial status, this seems  very impossible for Alice as she is currently without sponsorship to enroll in the University and above all, purchase her educational materials.  According to her , beside her University fees, she needs at least fifteen million leones to help in securing a Laptop Computer, Screen Reader, Brail Machine, Tape Recorder, and Brail Paper, among other materials. 

 

Sadly enough, Alice said she has accepted her faith as a blind person for life. I now know that even if a surgery is done on my eyes, I will never regain my sight . My only hope now is my education, please help me to become a self-reliant and useful personality in life Alice cried. The Awareness Times joins Alice in calling on government, humanitarian organizations and individuals to come to her aid.


Alice can be contacted directly on +232-88-524466/+232-78-147171 or contact Aruna Turay on +232-77-772001 for any assistance.          

 


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