August 21, 2015
A group called Women Against Inhumanities-Sierra Leone has called for the safety and security of women and girls, following the alleged rape and murder of Hannah Bockarie, 18, along Lumley Beach, Aberdeen in Freetown, on 13 August.
In a press release dated 20 August, 2015, Founder and National Coordinator, Michaella Sallu said they were saddened and angered by the alleged rape and murder of “Hannah commonly called “Pekito”.
“As a rights-based advocacy organization, we totally and unequivocally condemn this barbaric act as a crime against the women of Sierra Leone,” the release states.
The group says they were in solidarity with other Sierra Leoneans and organisations at home and abroad, to urge the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Sierra Leone Police and the Judiciary, to double their efforts in expediting investigation and bringing the perpetrators to book.
WAI-SL says their call was to ensure that justice is served to the deceased, her family and the women of Sierra Leone, adding that government should maximise efforts for the safety of women and girls across the country, especially during the night.
The release concluded: “We also call on every Sierra Leonean to show solidarity by providing security for women and girls in the country. We will follow this matter up relentlessly in our continued effort to ensure the safety and security of our girls and women.”