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In Sierra Leone, NUSS Commemorates August 18
By Dauda Koroma
Aug 18, 2010, 23:40

The National Union of Students (NUSS) will be commemorating the death of their colleagues that lost their lives during the AFRC and RUF junta to see that democracy come to Sierra Leone on the 18th August 1997.

 

In a press briefing held at the Information Ministry’s Conference Room on August 17, 2010, the PRO for NUSS Abdul Karim Kargbo briefed journalists on how they were going to commemorate the day today. He said the theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Students- Partners for Attitudinal Change and National Development.’


“The programme is organized to remember the death of our fallen heroes that sacrificed their lives to bring democracy in Sierra Leone as they saw the AFRC and RUF junta as not a democratic government. This made students take the venture to come out peacefully to demonstrate against that illegal regime,” he stated, adding that in the process many students lost their lives while female colleagues were raped and some seriously injured.


He also called on government to make August 18 as a national mourning day every year to remember their colleagues and all those that lost their lives as they fought for democracy to return to Sierra Leone.

 

NUSS Legal Adviser Amara Sesay in his own remarks said the significance of students coming out against unconstitutional process was a manifestation that we want to see that democracy prevailed in the country. “Students, journalists and human rights activists were also targeted for human rights abuses, but we the students also fought hard to bring democracy that is why we always remember them in good faith,” he said.



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