Sierra Leone: HANCI Adoption Saga – Aggrieved Parents Plan Demo to U.S. Embassy, State House

Concord Times (Freetown)

Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
16 November 2011

Freetown — Parents of 29 children reportedly trafficked years back by the Help A Needy Child International HANCI have vent their dissatisfaction with the Justice Adeliza Shower’s Commission of Inquiry set up by President Ernest Koroma to look into their matter and are planning to demonstrate later this month.

“…we the parents have decided to stage a protest on the 28th, 29th and the 30th of November 2011 in diverse locations: State House, America Embassy, The British High Commission and the ERSG (UNIPSIL) in a bid to vent our dismay,” a protest letter from the parents stated.

In an interview with the spokesperson for the parents, Abu Bakarr Kargbo, parents of the trafficked children are anxiously worried about the snail pace at which the Shower’s Commission is moving adding that the previous Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Denis Sandy, in his opening remarks on the 1st of March 2011, stated that the commission would last for three months but nothing has come out of it since then.

“We are calling on the stakeholders and the international community to help us in the fight to get these children that were taken away over the past eleven years back,” Kargbo said