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Kerry conveys best wishes to Sierra Leoneans, pledges US support for peace and democracy.

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, was among a host of countries and members of the international community to wish Sierra Leoneans well on the occasion of the country’s 53 independence anniversary.

Ahead of Independence Day on Sunday, 27 April, in a short letter dated 25 April, 2014, the erstwhile Massachusetts Senator recalled how the country had journeyed from a near failed state to “becoming one of Africa’s greatest success stories.”

He also recounted the travails of Sierra Leoneans, especially women and children, who had sought asylum in his home states and the United States in general, after fleeing from a brutal internal conflict, with their only dream being peace.

“Today, that is much more than a dream. Sierra Leone is a model post-conflict country. Although so many lost so much during the civil war, we have proudly witnessed how Sierra Leoneans summoned the will to pick themselves up and rebuild their country.

We are pleased to continue helping train and equip Sierra Leone’s own troops. Sierra Leoneans are not just beneficiaries of peace. They are performing admirably as contributors to peace and security not just across the region, but around the world.

There are still miles to go to build durable, democratic institutions, provide services, and improve governance. But Sierra Leoneans will not face these challenges alone. The United States remains deeply invested in peace and stability in Sierra Leone and will continue to lend its support.”

Mr. Kerry further spoke about Sierra Leone’s ‘historic….progress and its promise for the future,’ which will no doubt rekindle the resolve of Sierra Leoneans to maintain the peace and consolidate the democratic gains made in recent years.