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Sierra Leone News: MELQOSH Mission Int. rescues amputees

The brutal 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone affected many people due to war crimes and related atrocities perpetrated on them which have ultimately changed their lives for ever. The war was described by many as one of the most gruesome in recent human history.
The civil war is now a thing of the past but for many war victims, the crimes committed against them still lingers in their hearts and will forever remain there as a dark scar constantly reminding them of their pains and challenges of life.
MELQOSH Mission International a non-governmental organization in their humanitarian gesture has therefore thought it fit to help war amputees and war victims that have been marginalized and neglected over the years.
According to the founder of MELQOSH Mission International, Faith Okrafor Smart, her organization started operations in 2008 in the northern part of the country with the aim of providing support to war amputees and disable person. Since then, MELQOSH Mission International has been providing educational support to amputees and less privileged in the society, disclosing that her organisation is working with seven amputee camps across the country.
Faith Okrafor Smart informed a cross section of journalists that her organization has been sending containers of foods, clothing and medical facilities as well as monetary gifts to aide amputees with their development and sustainability.
She also disclosed that the organization has the plan to develop an academy for amputees to provide them with different skills training opportunities in order to make them self-reliant.
MELQOSH Mission International is a donor-driven organization whose funds are raised mainly by organising fundraising events in the United Kingdom and lobbying well-meaning Sierra Leoneans for help in cash and in kind.
She said it was through one of her lobbying campaigns that she met a renowned Sierra Leonean Actress in the UK, Ambassador Ellen Thomas who ended up donating two thousand pounds with which she was able to buy assorted items for the amputees in Freetown.
Two of the beneficiaries of the MELQOSH Mission International largess, Eleanor J. Abdulai and Fatmata Kamara explained their ordeals and constraints they face in life because of their conditions.
Eleanor said she lost her foot to a landmine when she was 10 years old and ever since life has been difficult for her. “As an amputee I face a lot of discrimination in society especially when I was pregnant and went to deliver my baby. “The nurses at the hospital were discriminatorily uncaring and treated me as if I was no human being all because of my condition. They even provoked me saying that I should not get pregnant because I am a one-legged person,” Eleanor lamented.
Eleanor was earlier supported by MELQOSH Mission International when she was enrolled at a computer learning institute and yet again, she is being supported at Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) studying Information Technology.
Fatmata Kamara was 2 years when her foot was amputated and her father was killed and explained that she is one of the war victims that didn’t benefit from any humanitarian gesture. She stated that she was rescued by MELQOSH Mission International and ever since the Mission has been paying her schools fees and providing other basic supports to her.
Both Eleanor and Fatmata expressed their gratitude to Faith Okrafor Smart for her kind gesture towards them, noting that had it not been for her, their lives would have been miserable. They appealed to other organizations to extend a helping hand towards amputees in the country as they are in dire need of support.
By Mariam Sulaiman Bah
Wednesday March 09, 2016

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