On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

Sierra Leone: Civil Society frowns at Bondo society break of MOU

Civil Society groups in Freetown especially the Inter-African Committee against Harmful Traditional Practice are unhappy that Bondo society soweis in some parts of Freetown have broken the MOU they signed recently.
This follows allegations that recently about 36 Children and 15 adults were initiated in one weekend into the bondo society at Wellington in the east end part of Freetown.
Similarly about 25 adults including unspecified number of children aged seven and over were also allegedly initiated at Dworzack community.
Also, other initiations were said to have simultaneously taking place at Up-Gun Turntable, and the Kissy environs respectively.
The practice which was widely believed to have been a cultural practice by many Sierra Leoneans, is now gradually highly criticized by Human Rights organizations like Inter-African Committee against Harmful Traditional Practice, Amnesty International among others, as a move to subject women into subtle cruelty.
The Civil society groups are angry that the leaders of the Bondo society had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with them, that no child under the age of 18 will be allowed into the Bondo society and that the girl-child has to give her consent before going through this right of passage.
According to the Civil society groups, since the closure of schools, there has been an upsurge of children being initiated.
However, school going children and others who have been educated about the evil practice in the bondo society are now at the mercy of those who believe that the society is part of their tradition and culture.
The Inter-African Committee against Harmful Traditional Practice spokesman Alfred Davies says the MOU signed by all parties should be respected and that parents should not force their children under 18 to undergo the ritual.

Comments are closed.