Today, as we celebrate the International Day of Peace on the theme Shaping Peace Together, we are committing to spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fambul Tok calls for Political tolerance, peace and national cohesion in Sierra Leone.
Fambul Tok calls on the people of Sierra Leone, political parties and government, to join hands to shape peace together as a vessel to attaining sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Sierra Leone.
Fambul Tok has observed the proliferation of divisive hate speeches and misuse of social media that caused violence and unrests in parts of the country. We have also observed incidences of excessive use of force by the security forces in some instances. Fambul Tok is therefore appealing to all Sierra Leoneans to use this day as a moment of introspection on how we can foster unity and national cohesion. We need to talk the “fambul tok” and learn to live as “wan fambul”.
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
This year is also significant as it is the 20th Anniversary of the UN Resolution on the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. Fambul Tok stands together with the UN against any attempt to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred and discord.
We urge Sierra Leoneans to stay peaceful and be safe from COVID-19.
We wish Sierra Leone a peaceful day.