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NACSA to Liberate 7,000 War Child Victims

The Commissioner of the National Commission for Social Action (NACSA), Kontoh Sesay, has disclosed to Sierra Express Media that his Commission on Tuesday 22nd September will be given educational support to seven thousand war child victims in the country as part of the National Reparation Process in post conflict Sierra Leone.

Speaking to journalists at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Information and Communication, Youyi Building, Freetown, he noted that NACSAs mandate was to end in December, 2007 but Cabinet and Parliament saw the need to grant an extension of its mandate to 2018.

As a result of the extension of its mandate, NACSA has sourced US$ 3M funding from the U.N Peace Building Fund (P.B.F) to kick start the much awaited reparation programme recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

The NACSA boss added that they created 626,250 short term per-day jobs for young people and placed 41 youths in various organizations to acquire work experience and improved their capacity.

Kontoh Sesay stated that, the agency has registered approximately 27,992 war victims covering the 149 chiefdoms in the provinces and the Western Area. He noted NACSA has undertaken 20 symbolic reparation programmes with another 20 to go before the year end; revealing that the ADB has been the key sponsor of the projects.

Meanwhile we are made to understand that the World Bank funded the National Aocial Action Project (NSAP) to undertake a labour intensive ‘cash for work’ intervention, and a secured funding for pilot youth enterprise development from the Italian government and Islamic Development Bank.

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