By Imambay Kadie Kamara, founder and Executive Director of DIF-SIL :
The Disable International Foundation Sierra Leone (DIF-SIL) has praised the Sierra Leone Vice President Alhaji Sam Sumana for taking forward the disability agenda. Imambay Kadie Kamara, founder and Executive Director of DIF-SIL, says: “it’s inspiring to hear a senior government official recognising that disabled children should be supported.” Speaking in Freetown recently at a conference to mark the day of the African Child, Vice President Alhaji Sam Sumana expressed his government’s commitment to address the welfare of children with disability.
“I welcome the government’s commitment to improve the lives of disabled children in the country,” Imambay says.
Sixteenth June is marked every year across Africa to celebrate the Day of the African Child in commemoration of the innocent children who were murdered in South Africa by the apartheid regime in 1976 for protesting against poor access to education.
This year, DIF-SIL for the first time joined this remembrance by giving free food to vulnerable children in Lunsar, north of Sierra Leone, and the western area.
“It’s very sad to see the suffering that children go through particularly in the streets in Sierra Leone,” says Imambay. “It feels like no one cares about them.” “More, absolutely, needs to be done to address the problems children with disability face.”
Meanwhile, in an award ceremony organised by a Sierra Leonean magazine in London to mark the day of the African Child on 16 June 2012, Imambay received an award for her outstanding service to disabled people in Sierra Leone.
Receiving the award, Imambay said: “I’m very pleased that my little contribution in Sierra Leone is recognised all the way here in London.”
She appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to join her to help eliminate the many barriers and exclusions disabled people face in Sierra Leone.
The Disable International Foundation Sierra Leone (DIF-SIL) is dedicated to serving disabled people who are often marginalising in Sierra Leone. Launched on 24 April 2012, the organisation works with disabled people to help them improve their standard of living including accessing jobs and essential services.
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Imambay Kadie Kamara, founder and Executive Director of DIF-SIL