FDID-SL’s reaction to government white paper on Justice Showers Inquiry
FDID-SL’s reaction on government whitepaper on the Justice Showers Commission of Inquiry on the alleged adoption of 29 Sierra Leone children – FDID-SL has read the commission’s Report and the government’s whitepaper dealing with same. FDID-SL was the first and perhaps the only civil society organization championing the course of these unfortunate 29 Sierra Leonean children. FDID-SL spent nearly two years and a fortune of over twenty million Leones on the campaign. The Executive Director, Hindowa E. Saidu was in recognition of his effort summoned before the commission for further and better briefing on the alleged adoptions.
FDID-SL is delighted to see the end of the inquiry and the prompt reaction of the government on the recommendations of the commission and in view of that commends the commissioners of the commission and the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The report and its recommendations are holistically accepted by FDID-SL with the only addition being that monetary compensations be paid to the parents of these 29 illegally adopted children. Why the monetary compensation? The necessity of the monetary compensation is twofold. Firstly, most if not all of the affected parents are living in the provinces and have incurred huge expenses in reaching Freetown and staying therein to attend hearings at the commission. Secondly, these parents have gone through severe psychological trauma for which we believe they should be adequately compensated by HANCI-SL.
FDID-SL is again joining government in urging the police to expedite their investigations and to charge to court those they can find substantial evidence against. This exercise must be expeditious as justice delayed is justice denied. We further urge the government to ensure that the draft adoption bill be enacted into law within the shortest possible time. Having read the adoption bill, FDID is fully convinced that it will remedy the defects in the adoption Act of 1989.
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