SIERRA LEONE CIVIL CONFLICT
This is a two-part report. Part one is by Momo Turay, a survivor ‘developmentalist’, with a contribution by Amadu Khan, a survivor ethnographer, community developmentalist and human rights journalist. Amadu’s contribution to Part one only focuses on the period 1993 to 1996, when he worked with survivors of the civil war in Sierra Leone. The majority of the report contains the work of Momo, who worked with development agencies in responding to the concerns, needs and welfare of survivors and in participating in post-war re-construction and development.
Part two is Amadu’s report and focusses on work he undertook in Scotland, UK among asylum seekers/refugees (henceforth referred to as ASR). The latter are survivors of diverse humanitarian disasters including civil wars, political persecution, environmental disasters and human rights abuses. Amadu’s intention is to draw lessons that could be learned from his diverse work with survivors in Scotland, UK to inform ongoing work by Momo and others in Sierra Leone. The last section of the report is devoted to doing so.
The Sierra Leone dimension is a case study of ‘displaced’ survivors within the territorial borders of the country of humanitarian disaster (armed conflict). The Scotland dimension is about ASR survivors who had fled persecution from other countries and sought asylum in the UK. It can therefore be expected that there would be convergences and departures in responses to help survivors become more active agents in their recovery. More importantly, both Amadu and Momo, as many others in this commission, are not only developmentalists or researchers, but are also survivors of the humanitarian disaster in which they acted as responders.