September 29, 2015 By Solomon Yarjoh
As part of its community awareness and education programmes to commemorate International Day of Peace on September 21, Fambul Tok has called on the newly commissioned community mediators in Barawa section, Nieni chiefdom in Koinadugu district to promote peace and unity in their various communities.
Addressing mediators in Firawa village, Executive Director of Fambul Tok John Caulker said each year the United Nations invites all nations and peoples to honour and commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
He went on to state that peace can only be achieved through individual efforts and accepting each other, adding that communities are expected to be confronted with a lot of challenges after Ebola.
He emphasised that Fambul Tok has taken the onus to train over 800 community mediators in Kailahun, Moyamba and Koinadugu districts to handle minor cases, and also to champion post-Ebola activities in their communities.
Mr. Caulker lamented over the post-war activities, which he said did not benefit communities and therefore stressed that Fambul Tok has intervened to engage communities so that together they could plan or design activities they want to embark on after Ebola.
He said the training of mediators in Barawa is not new as the organisation had trained over 230 with their primary focus to foster peace and unity using skills they have acquired in different topics.
He appealed to them to be serious, as every year the UN recognises the efforts of those who have worked very hard to end conflict and promote peace, and therefore mediators are no exception.
Town chief of Firawa, Yankuba Marah, was full of appreciation as he referred to Fambul Tok as the only organisation that paved the way for them to ensure peace reigns in their chiefdom.
He confessed that there are a lot of challenges confronting the people as the Ebola virus has deepened the wounds and therefore the training of mediators to handle minor conflicts would go a long way to usher in peace in the chiefdom.
After the training the mediators were presented with banners which they are expected to be displayed in their homes for easy identification.
Also, each mediator received a pack of soap to continue promoting the hand washing culture to avoid contracting Ebola and other diseases.