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Sierra Leone News: Youth leaders present peace torch to Women’s Situation Room

Youth leaders representing various cliques and ghettos within the 16 districts in Sierra Leone have presented a peace torch to the Women’s Situation Room hereby committing themselves to peace before, during, and after the 7 March 2018 election.
The presentation of the peace torch was done alongside the formal opening of the Physical Situation Room at the Atlantic Lumley Hotel in Freetown on Monday 5 March 2018. There Eminent Women mediators comprised of Sierra Leonean women and their counterparts from Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia will provide rapid response and interventions to election related threats and incidents of violence as and when they occur.
Shellac Davies speaking on behalf of the Eminent Women of the WSR said, “Under the Youth Peer to Peer Peace Process, our youth district coordinators mounted a robust sensitisation and mobilisation campaign on peaceful elections in hotspot areas targeting particularly the disadvantaged youth who are most times seen as perpetrators in elections violence. These youths exhibited extraordinary commitment to peace by volunteering to serve as Peace Ambassadors for their respective district.”
Presenting the peace torch on behalf of Port Loko district, a representative of the ghetto youths in that district said, “We all know what entails when we talk of peace. We as youths are the role model when we talk about peace… therefore we in Port Loko have decided to strengthen the peace we need for the coming election.”
Like the ghetto representative of Port Loko, each of the youth representatives acknowledged the importance of peace and committed themselves to uphold peace before, during and after the election.
The Eminent Women receiving the torches also re-echoed the need to uphold peace stating that any act of violence will affect not only Sierra Leone but the sub-region. EBD/5/3/18
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
Tuesday March 06, 2018.

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