Posted: December 22nd, 2006 Filled in: International work - past
PSI is working in collaboration with Thomas and Mary Turay and partners in Sierra Leone to make the Centre for Development and Peace a reality.
For photos of a recent visit to Sierra Leone by Carolyn van Gurp, PSI Regional Coordinator in that country, go to www.cdpeace.com
Sierra Leone is a Western African country endowed with abundant natural resources. Yet since the 1990s the UN has rated the country as one of the world’s most underdeveloped countries. From 1991 – 2002, the country experienced one of the most horrific violent conflicts in West Africa in recent times.
Over fifty thousand people were brutally killed, half a million lived as refugees and about two million were internally displaced. Rural and urban infrastructure was also destroyed. The war gave birth to a culture of violence, hatred, abject poverty and social disharmony. The fragile peace environment in West Africa in recent decades has hindered the region’s ability to realize here socio-economic, cultural and political potentials. Citizens of this region should mobilize their human and non-human assets and capacities and build local and global constituencies to enhance social transformation, peace and political stability.
We are currently raising funds to contribute to the building of CDPeace in Sierra Leone. We are grateful to our member schools who have made donations.
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