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By Awareness Times News
Dec 9, 2010, 17:04


Dangerous Bush Pig Killed in Kenema

A hunter identified as Momoh Kortu Kagba of Suku Village behind the Kapabu hill on Sunday 5th December 2010 killed a large bush pig that recently killed two people and injured one around the Largo Village. According to reports, following the demise of the victims Local Unit Commander (LUC )of Kenema Division  Aiah Komba gave two single –barrel short guns and twenty cartridges to the village hunters to get rid of the vicious animal. Reports say the pig has been terrorizing the village over some months now causing residents of Largo and its surroundings to flee.

Hunger is a Major Reason for Increase in Street Children

A survey conducted by a non –governmental organization Don Bosco indicates that most children in Sierra Leone run from homes to live on the streets in Freetown because of hunger. According to reports released by Global Hunger Index, Sierra Leone is among the 29 hungriest countries in the world that is actually affected by hunger causing children to go to streets. Report further revealed that nearly half of 2,500 street children receive just one meal a day and in their homes in most cases go without food.

Human Rights Defenders embark on 16 days Activism

The Western Area Human Rights Committee in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone had commenced an awareness raising forum on discrimination and human rights abuses in commemoration of the 16 days activism in Freetown. The event which started on Monday 6th December 2010 at the YWCA New Hall Brookfield , attracted representatives from the United Nations  Development Programme, Amnesty International and the Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission. The Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Ms. Yasmin Jusu Sheriff is reported as saying that human rights abuses are issues that need to be critically looked into by virtue of its negative consequences it will have on the psycho-social development of the people of Sierra Leone.

Social Welfare Targets Street Children

The Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs has formerly launched the “Street and other vulnerable children’s reintegration program” to address the issue of street children in the country. Speaking at the launching ceremony on Monday 6th December 2010 the Permanent Secretary in the Social Welfare Ministry Alhaji Brima Rogers said children were usually forced into high risk and disadvantageous situation by circumstances beyond their control. He said poverty and ignorance and family breakdown among others were some of the major reasons for the influx of street children in the country.

HRC Disappoints Nasser Ayoub

Philanthropist and popular businessman Nasser Ayoub has voiced his disappointment at the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) for what he considered as their failure to speak out against racial discrimination in the country. Speaking to the press on Monday 6th during the observance of International Human Right Day, Ayoub said that there was nothing to celebrate about when a section of people born in Sierra Leone were being marginalized because of their skin colour.

First Lady in Washington DC

Sierra Leone First Lady on Monday 6th December arrived in Washington DC in the United States of America. Madam Sia  Nyama Koroma is in the States to attend a one –day consultation on the invitation of Women’s Health Programs in which she is expected to be a key participant. Mrs. Koroma is actively involved in helping her husband President Ernest Koroma promote a comprehensive health care delivery system in Sierra Leone.

NACSA & ADB Launch Community Development

The National Commission for Social Action (NACSA) in collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on Monday 6th December 2010 launched the Sierra Leone Community Development Project (SLCDP) at the Country Lodge in Freetown. Deputy Commissioner of NACSA, Rogers said the $15.8m community project funded by the IDB is geared towards improving the lives of the rural communities. He said since the formation of NACSA the commission had continued to provide innovations to support the government’s agenda for charge.

Sojas Bid Farewell to Imatt Advisor

The officers of the RSLAF organized a Cocktail Party on Thursday 2nd December 2010 at Headquarters of Joint Force Command at Cockerill to bid farewell to the outgoing IMATT Advisor Lieutenant- Colonel Julian D Bower. The Commander of the Joint Force, Brigadier General Mohamed Alie Sesay described the out- going IMATT Advisor as a mentor who effected positive changes in the RSLAF . He lauded Lt. Col. Bower for his active role in the deployment of the first batch of the Sector Reconnaissance Company in Peace Support Operations in Dafur, Sudan.

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