Eighteen years since the brutal Freetown Invasion: January 6th, 1999

*Eighteen years since the brutal Freetown Invasion…*


Today January 6 is a day every Sierra Leonean should remember. It marks the 18th anniversary of the January 6th brutal invasion of Freetown.
Today should be a moment of reflection and truth, it should not be a moment of misrepresentation of the facts, it’s should not be a moment to perpetuate negativity… It should be a moment to call out corruption in the public sector, to call out thieves in civil society and thieves in the private sector. It’s a moment to call out and make resolutions against all those tendencies that led Sierra Leone to that dark history.
Those who arrogate to themselves such roles should do so fairly and honestly because it’s also a moment to reflect on the progress we have made 18 years on.

Certainly, Sierra Leone is a better place today than ten 18years ago. Our country’s democracy is better than it was 18 years ago, Sierra Leone is by far more cohesive now than 18 years ago. Sierra Leone is by far more peaceful now than 18 years ago. Sierra Leone is certainly better in upholding human rights now than 18 years ago and if some people do not recognise the progress Sierra Leone has made in the last 18 years either because of foxy eyes tinted by political mischief, or by sheer dishonesty, the majority of the people of Sierra Leone clearly see how far we have come and the important gains we have made through our collective efforts. We still have challenges but we have certainly move forward; Sierra Leone is certainly not where it was 18 years ago!!
May the souls of the departed rest in peace!



About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Salone.com Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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