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Sierra Leone: ‘Peace Mothers’ in Conflict Train On Early Warning Systems, Mediation and Reconciliation

Two Chiefdoms, Kagboro and Fakunia in the Moyamba District in Sierra Leone will benefit from a two-day training of 100 Peace Mothers, with support from the Fambul Tok International, in collaboration with Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF).

The training was focused on conflict early warning systems, mediation and reconciliation to further promote social cohesion and reconciliation between people and communities at all levels.

According to one of the lead facilitators, Mamusu Massaquoi, the two chiefdoms will also be strengthened and capacitated, noting that the 100 peace mothers will be able to adequately facilitate mediation and healing programs, restore cohesive communities through community welfare and mediation committees.

“The process would impact positively on the communities the Peace Mothers come from while encouraging the men to support the process, side by side”, Massaquoi assured.

National Peace Mother Coordinator, Hawa Conteh, explained to Awoko the role of the peace mothers in promoting the ideals of the work they are supposed to be doing after the training, in their various localities within the two chiefdoms, in Moyamba district.

Speaking to a beneficiary, peace mother, Mamie Lamina, who will be serving Morkatuma Village, Gondama section explained that the initiative from the Fambul Tok International will help develop their negotiating skills in addressing social ills and bring reconciliation among people in their localities.

Chiefdom Speaker at Kagboro Chiefdom, Solomon Samu expressed delight for being part of history to witness an initiative that will empower women and bring people and communities in conflict for a period of time to embrace peace.

He cautioned participants to take the work of community peacebuilding seriously, to heal the wounds of hate and violence the 11-year civil conflict left behind.

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