May 25, 2016 By Victoria Saffa
Over 200 women and children in Bubuya and Yebaya villages, in the Tonko Limba Chiefdom, Kambia district, have called on the government and well-wishers to help improve their condition.
Our reporter was in the two villages recently where she interviewed women on how they survive in the post-Ebola era.
According to a former teacher in Yebaya, Mammy Yeabu Dumbuya, women and children in the two villages have been grappling with lots of difficulties, especially in the areas of education, health, clothing and food.
“I have been a teacher in this village for over thirty years, helping children with their education, but the school they are using does not have sitting accommodation, and most of the community teachers receive fifty-thousand Leones as salaries after collecting money from the pupils,” she explained.
Ms Dumbuya bemoaned the lack of clean water and good health service in both villages, adding that the two villages have been left out of the government’s development plan.
“Since we have been in this village, we have never got any help from any well-wishers, except recently when we received used clothing from a philanthropist who is based in the United States. I am therefore appealing to the government for them to consider us in the provinces as we too are Sierra Leoneans,” she appealed.
Also, Aminata Kamara, a resident of Bubuya, and mother of five children, said her only occupation as breadwinner of the household is farming, which she does to take care of her children.
She said that providing food and clothes for her children is a major problem, thus appealing for support to improve their lives.