Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Links of interest

Could Parlaiment Have Passed Into Law The London Mining Company Lease Agreement Hook, Line, And Sinker?

Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD)
Sierra Leone’s Parliament ratifies illegal mining agreement that is bad for the country’s development

Press Release


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 2009, I was looking for an Ngo in africa to do my internship / research in human rights and democratization and a friend recommended NMJD in Sierra Leone. While thinking about contacting the organization for possible placement, another friend told me that Sierra Leone is not safe because of the kind of corruption in that part of africa.I did some research about the country itself, very nice country with wealth of mineral resources but way down the line on poverty level.I had to change my plan of going to Sierra Leone.
With the kind of civil conflict the country went through should be a point of reference for the leaders to work in the interest of the nation. African leaders are yet to learn from there past experiences. How could a mining agreement be passed into law without the interest of the nation? NGO's like NMJD in Sierra Leone , an indigenous local organization like this should be given credence for such a relentless battle for its indigenous rights, an environmental justice. I think the Sierra Leone TRC made mention of similar corrupt practices that contributed towards the civil conflict in Sierra Leon. This is toooooo bad for that country!!.
The Kaicombey Foundation, it was nice discovering you too while surfing the net.This site is very educative and inspiring. It is my hope to one day visit Sierra Leone after my doctorate degree, may be come down to see how I can contribute to the legal system and human rights in that part of africa. I hope things will change for better. Good luck in your advocacy NMJD.


Philip ( Osaka, Japan )

June 29, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The country of Sierra Leone is still behind time to grow. Why all this ? no respect for government policy and indigenous people in the country. I visited Sierra Leone last year and was motivated by the movie "Blood Diamond". This is an interesting movie that I bought in U.S.A but couldn't chance to watch till my return to switzerland. During my staying in Sierra Leone, I visited the eastern part of kenema, tongo and kono, the bread basket of the country, an area where the country get its natural resource for export. Resources not limited to diamond, cocoa, coffee,kola nut etc. Upon my visit, I really saw the brunt of the civil conflict but slowly recovering. Series of post conflict reconstruction still ongoing.
Corruption is a common practice in the governance system, and a challange to the current government, APC.
My experience in Sierra Leone was awesome. The people are nice and love strangers even more than there own indigenous family. The climate is very nice and vegetation a beautiful. I would love to make another trip some time , some days.....

If that country, Sierra Leone is free from corruption and bad governance, it will be one of the best paradise in the world. This is something the leaders should really work towards. Most of the food they eat are organic and fresh. I drank a beverage commonly called "Poyo" in there local language. Poyo is taped from the palm tree. This was one of my favourite drinks during my staying. At first, I hesitated but when I tried it, I forgot beer and saved plenty of $.
Child mining is very common in Sierra Leone, poverty is a couse to this. Children are exploited as labourers in the mining fields....this is one of the areas that I think NGO's should really focuse, eventhough there has been previous efforts by some indegenous Local NGO's to address child exploitation in the mining field.
During my interview with some youths around the township of koidu town, Kono, most of them were expressing the dissatisfaction of they way the current APC government is addressing mining policy in the country but very hopeful that life will one day be good. With all the struggles with poverty, the people are very hopeful in life while doing there normal businesses.
Sierra Leone is a very, very nice country together with the people I met.


July 31, 2010 at 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep the good job in Sierra Leone

July 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM  

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