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Chinese Ambassador visits new Peace Museum

The new Sierra Leone Peace Museum on the former site of the Special Court for Sierra Leone played host to the Chinese Ambassador and diplomats from four other foreign missions, including the United States Embassy, last week.

The Director of the Museum, Joseph Dumbuya, took the diplomats on a conducted tour of the three components of the facility and the newly refurbished Peace Hall which provides a charming venue for educational programmes such as workshops, seminars and dialogues.

In the introductory exhibition, the diplomats were shown war relic photos, drawings from the national Vision and the section featuring the work of the Special Court and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Speaking to this medium, Joseph Dumbuya said he had invited eight ambassadors to the Peace Museum but only five had turned up.

“The invitation was meant to accord the diplomats the opportunity of taking a glance at the new Peace Museum and how it is contributing towards promoting peace and human rights,” he said. “The Department for International Development (DFID) and the British and Nigerian embassies did not honour the invitation but we will certainly extend another invitation to them because we think they deserve to see efforts at keeping alive the memory of the war.”

After he was taken on a conducted tour of the Introductory Exhibition, Archives and Memorial Garden, the Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Zhao Yanbo noted that he was impressed with the various components of the Museum and praised the initiative. He underlined the importance of remembering and learning lessons in order to prevent a return to war.

The Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Helmut Kuhmuch, expressed similar sentiments and emphasised the need to have children benefit from the Museum, noting that as the future of Sierra Leone, they (children) should learn about the country’s dark past so they would avoid repeating the same mistakes in future.

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