“We are here to observe Fambul Tok so that when we return to our communities in Liberia, we will urge our leaders to embark on such program in the interest of peace and reconciliation,” says Amos Moka, a Liberian who walked from Foya County (8-10 miles away), to witness the Football for Reconciliation gala at Kpeingbakordu over the weekend.
According to Moka and other observers, they have heard a lot about Fambul Tok through the radio and were waiting for an opportunity to witness a Fambul Tok event. Moka uttered it took them hours to walk and cross over to Sierra Leone, but it was worth the hassle.” In addition, Moka revealed, “Liberians are looking for unique ways to reconcile with one another…we are neighbors that almost went through the same experience, but we don’t have such opportunity to reconcile.”
An observer Ali Bockari, from Guinea expressed “he came purposely to witness how the reconciliation gala would be played and if the method could be applied in Guinea.” As soon as he returns to Guinea, he will inform local authorities on the activities. “We are looking for such programs because most people want to reconcile, but do not know how to begin the process” confessed Bockari.
Another Guinean, Amadu Kamara, believed “if the four countries belonging to the Mano River Union are able to set up programs that bring people together then peace and unity will surely reign in the sub region.”
— Solomon Yarjoh (Fambul Tok Communication Officer)
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
Spectators watching the game
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
Fambul Tok is undertaking several activities in Moyamba and Kailahun District:
- 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 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 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.