Regent Chief comments on Football for Reconciliation!

Fambul Tok’s Football for Reconciliation galas have kicked off well around Kailahun District. At the recent gala, over 500 hundred people were in attendance and not to mention people from Liberia and Guinea. Below are some pictures from the event:

Blue team cheering and dancing after they won

Blue team cheering and dancing after they won

Spectators watching the game

Spectators watching the game

Spectators cheering for their communities

Spectators cheering for their communities

During the opening speech Regent Chief had some words to say:

The Regent Chief of Kissi Teng Chiefdom, Kailahun District appealed to the community to forgive one another in the spirit of reconciliation and for one world in the country. Chief Fallah Jusu further explained, “If anyone wronged you during the war, I am asking y

Current Fambul Tok activities…

Fambul Tok is undertaking several activities in Moyamba and Kailahun District:

Kailahun:

  • Community trainings in the other seven Chiefdoms where ceremonies have not taken place.
  • Football for Reconciliation: In encouraging all members of the community to be involved in the reconciliation process, Fambul Tok introduced Football for Reconciliation, in collaboration with Play 31 (Danish NGO). The tournament kicked off November 8th, 2008 in Gbekedu community and will continue until the end of December 2008 throughout the District. Fifteen communities where Fambul Tok ceremonies have taken place will participate in the tournament. The tournament is inclusive, so each community will have a male and female team participate in the games.
  • Communities are beginning to harvest Fambul Tok community farms.
  • Healing ceremonies will begin to transpire in December in the seven Chiefdoms where ceremonies have not taken place.

Moyamba:

Moyamba is steadily picking up steam.

  • Training of the 28 contact people took place October 21st – 25th 2008 in Makeni, Sierra Leone.
  • Community training for the first six Chiefdoms where healing ceremonies will take place.
  • Healing ceremonies will transpire December 08 – Jan 09.

Kono:

Kono District is the next Fambul Tok reconciliation adventure. Before engaging the District it’s important to do some amount of groundwork. Fambul Tok managers will begin the visit the District within the next two weeks. We plan to launch the consultation mid-December, however, activities will not begin until 2009.

Empowering Moyamba Contact people

Group work

Group work

Before adventuring in Moyamba District, Fambul Tok staff trained selected local leaders — Contact people (The name Fambul Tok gives them). The training ensures Fambul Toks success in the District, especially in the various Chiefdoms that make up the district. Moyamba District is divided into 14 Chiefdoms and each Chiefdom is comprised of numerous Sections. Although Fambul Tok aims to facilitate reconciliation at the sectional level, we still need entry points in the District.

The selection process takes about two weeks. First, the District Coordinator (a Fambul Tok staff) notifies and informs the Paramount Chief from each Chiefdom about the training and to nominate prospective candidates to represent the Chiefdom. Second, the District Coordinator goes around the District to ensure the people nominated are the right ones. Fambul Tok encourages an array of people to engage in the reconciliation process — women, youths, offenders, and victims. Each District had two representatives to partake in the training.

It was a week long training which focused on several issues — Trauma Healing, Communication, Fambul Tok, and Reconciliation. Below are some pictures from the workshop:

Participants engaging in activity

Participants engaging in activity