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HANCI-SL calls on government to reconsider their ban

HANCI-SL calls on government to reconsider their ban

Help A Needy Child International–Sierra Leone (HANCI-SL) yesterday convened a press conference at their conference hall and briefed journalists on their position since the government issued its ‘White Paper’ report on the Adelisa Showers Commission of inquiry established last year to look into the adoption of twenty nine Sierra Leonean children in their scheme.

Speaking on the issue Executive Director Emmanuel Kelfa Malay said the organisation is not opposed to government’s decision to investigate the organization’s activities, but said if any outcome is to be reached it must toe the line of reason and supported by beneficiaries as they stand to lose greater if the organisation folds up.

He told reporters that this is not the first time the credibility of their organisation is being put into questioning as in 2004; Interpol challenged the legality of their operations but failed to find them guilty of any crimes relating to children trafficking. He said in 2009 the Family Supports Unit (FSU) along side the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Sierra Leone police also raised questions with them, later the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone jumped in and proved nothing illegal.

The Director revealed that the organisation has changed its agenda and operations completely before this saga and that the organisation has over 4000(thousand) beneficiaries from all walks of life across the country. He said if this government’s decision stands, it will affect the livelihood of those beneficiaries.

By Mohamed Kabba Turay

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