When I hear or see the word peace I often think about tranquillity, calmness, still. But in this situation there was brutal conflict before peace.
I do not know much history about Sierra Leone civil war. But can imagine the extent of damage mentally on the living family members including the social and economical costs.
The Peace Museum opened in Freetown in 2013 as a memorial dedicated to showcasing the civil war in Sierra Leone 1999 – 2000. The museum is divided into 3 sections: – Exhibition hall with images and untold stories, archived records & law library and a memorial garden to honor the victims. Coordinated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).
A guide gave a brief encounter about the civil war and peace process, which I was able to record. However, video and pictures are not allowed to be taken inside the museum, only the memorial garden.
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At the entrance to the garden is a plaque – A lost Generation.
Inside is a wall to wall engraved mural that tells the story of war, justice and the peace process. Also a list of names of some of those killed during the civil war.
The large statue symbolizes collaborators and the punishment to a family member which included murder. The 14 symbolic grave headstones represent Sierra Leone districts and to honour those not buried.
Sierra Leone is a developing country in Africa that is rebuilding post the civil war. The country known as Salone has many interesting facts and has a vast history important to the Descendants of Africa and Caribbean.
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Bless Sister E