A poro society activist who is also a prominent child rights activist for the Children’s Forum Network was attacked on his way out of Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone yesterday. Reports say the group is believed to be members of the Poro Society who led the attack on him.
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM), which is popularly known as the Bondo society has been a tradition in Sierra Leone since the days of our forefathers and it was a taboo for men and those who have not entered it to openly discuss it until recently, when Human rights activists and Women’s Groups decided to nip in the bud and stop this age-old practice, but it is yielding no dividend as the initiators look at it as a trade that brings much respect to the initiators.
The increasing reports of isolated physical attacks on persons found to be gay seem to have no end in sight as the recent case of Osman Sesay and his male partner John Kamara indicates.
Most of the West African migrants who fail to reach Europe eventually return to their own countries, but it can be a bitter homecoming. In Sierra Leone, returnees are often rejected by relatives and friends. They're seen as failures, and many stole from their families to pay for their journey. Some readers will find this story disturbing.
Too many of our boys are invisible and forgotten. Each boy is important and in this race of life, nobody should be left behind. It is within this context that the first observance of “International Day of the Boy Child”, henceforth known as “International Boys’ Day” will be observed on 16 May 2020.”
“Let me commend the organizers for doing a great job.” “Thankfully, President Ernest Bai Koroma has laid the foundation exemplifying a good leadership. He has created the platform in promoting democratic good governance...
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