Alhassan Sorieba Kamara
- My Educational Goal:
I am a student at FBC in Peace and Conflict Studies, Diploma 1.
- My Career Goal:
I want to be a Human Rights Lawyer for every human person in the world with the help of Allah/God. I hope my dreams will come true.
- Personal Experience of War:
There was a very big war in my country SL. It all started in 1991 and lasted for 11 long years. Everyone in the country suffered and many people, including children lost their lives. Many who survived the war lost their loved ones, their homes and their belongings. Everywhere there was grief and and children were crying day and night for food and shelter.
To start with my story...it was a nice morning in 1995 the Idul Fitri prayers were taking place after a long period of 30 days of fasting. I was in my house in my hometown of Rokupur in Kambia District. I was about to have breakfast. I often heard people talking about the war but I could not imagine it happening to me. That morning it did and it turned my life upside down. I became traumatized for the first time I heard the sound of gunshots for more than three hours that day alone. Within a short period I heard our neighbors crying for the men were being taken away with some young girls between the ages of 16-20 years. My father came out with my mother, my uncle also came out with his wife to see what was happening. I came out as well and I saw a lot of soldiers coming towards us screaming and using indecent words. Soldier's tanks with the smell of shooting was everywhere in town. The whole family went into hiding to prevent themselves from stray bullets.
I was afraid, as I had never been in my life. The rebels made us children and our mothers gather under a tree. They were shouting over our heads and threatening that they were going to slaughter us. I saw them taking my father's father and my cousin away together with other men. I was crying when a very small rebel, that is a "child-soldier" took my friend Sorrie Kamara and killed him in front of my eyes and asked us not to cry neither frown our faces. I was too afraid to even cry. Many houses, mainly our family houses, ten of them, were burnt down and along with everything in the houses. We were taken to the Lungi Airport to stay there as Internally Displaced People (IDP's). We stayed there for many months because it was the only place during that time that was peaceful. We were registered as displaced by one NGO called CAP. They helped to provide food for us until we decided it was safe to return home and repair our houses. As the saying goes "there is no place like home".
- My Experience in Peace:
I had an experience that I would like to note down that the peaceful citizens in all the whole country can now move from one province to another without any questions or harassment for anyone. I also experienced peaceful elections in 2007 general election where party leaders and supporters from all the parties came together and accepted the results of the election resulting in a change of administration.
Also the reform act of 2005 formed many governmental institutions like the Anti-corruption Commission to look at the deals with people who embezzled government funds, the Demobilization, Disarmament and Re-integration (DDR) project to deal with ex-rebels as to how to bring them back to normal life and also the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for people to talk about the issues that caused the war and bring out plans that would prevent another war.