Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 June 2012

Sierra Leone Victims Receive Compensation



Sierra Leone Victims Receive Compensation


GENEVA, Switzerland, June 26, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) yesterday began a new round of cash payments to 10,753 victims of gross human rights violations suffered during Sierra Leone’s decade long conflict that ended in 2002.


The payments, financed by UN Peace Building Fund (UNPBF) and implemented by NaCSA with IOM support, are worth a total of USD 860,240 and will be disbursed nationwide through the 3rd week of July. Some 20,000 Sierra Leoneans have already benefited from the scheme.


The payments, averaging USD 80 per victim, are part of the USD 4.55 million PBF-funded Sierra Leone Reparations Programme (SLRP), which receives technical, administrative and operational support from IOM.


Since its inception in 2009 the SLRP has registered and verified 32,148 civilian victims of war, of whom 13,283 were war widows, 8,677 child victims, 5,448 war-wounded, 3,602 victims of sexual violence and 1,138 victims of limb amputation.


According to NaCSA Director of Reparations Obi Buya-Kamara, it is significant that the payment round started just before the UN’s annual Day of Support to Victims of Torture.


“We recall the sufferings that thousands of our compatriots endured during the conflict and the impact this continues to have in their lives. Their daily experience is a constant reminder of the cruelty associated with gross human rights violations during war, as well as all forms of torture, the scars of which often remain for a lifetime,” he said.


“Over the next four weeks we will be giving grants as reparations to victims who have never benefited from any programme. We believe that this will help them to start rebuilding their lives,” he added.


“Ensuring access to justice, redress and assistance to victims of conflict is an integral part of post-conflict peace consolidation and stabilization efforts, as well as precondition for addressing past wrongs or preventing future forced displacement,” says IOM post-crisis specialist Igor Cvetovski.



International Office of Migration (IOM)


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