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Supporters march through Freetown to promote Peace Museum

Supporters march through Freetown to promote Peace Museum

Representatives of civil society and human rights organisations, victims and handicapped groups, agencies, non-governmental institutions and government marched through Freetown on Saturday to promote Sierra Leone’s new Peace Museum.

The two groups, one which started from the Lumley roundabout and the other from Upgun, converged a few minutes after noon at the Special Court compound in New England, where the museum is being constructed.

Handicapped and hearing-impaired persons from the NGO One Family People provided music and entertainment for the event. Special Court Registrar Binta Mansaray and UNDP Country Director Mia Seppo also joined in the march.

Lorna French, representing the Office of the President, affirmed the Government’s continued commitment to the Peace Museum. Ms. French encouraged members of the public to contribute to the Museum by taking part in the Memorial Design Competition, and by donating texts and artefacts relating to the war and the peace process.

The Sponsored Walk which took place on Saturday, 26 November saw supporters of the Peace Museum walk the streets in T-shirts inscribed with messages, distribute leaflets and sang peace songs. The One Family People, a drama group made up of  the deaf and dumb provided entertainment for the march.

Groups from across Sierra Leone affirmed their support: Beatriz Balbin on behalf of UNIPSIL, Abdul Konta for Children’s Forum Network, and Edward Conteh for the War Victims Association. Mr. Conteh told marchers the war victims have moved on with their lives, and stand ready to support the Peace Museum in preserving the history of the war and the story of the peace.

The museum is slated to open in 2012.

Saturday’s walk was sponsored by the Family Kingdom Resort, Sam-King Group Limited, Hotel Barmoi and the Sierra Bottling Factory.

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