19th February 2018
Ebola Survivors Describe Centre of Accountability and Law as Opportunists!
By a press release (29/12/17)
The Centre of Accountability and the Rule of Law (CARL) is under fire after Ebola survivors dissociated themselves from its membership.
Reports say the angry Ebola survivors described CARL as an opportunistic venture whose only ambition is self aggrandisement purporting to fight against the violation of the health rights of its members.
The Chairman of the Ebola survivors in the Western Area Alieu Kamara, a graduate and an Ebola survivor advocate himself, made this scathing attacks on CARL on the popular 'We Yus' programme aired by the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday, December 20.
He stated that as an organisation they are still grappling with post trauma stress following their recovery from Ebola. "We found this to very incomprehensible for a self-proclaimed human rights organisation like CARL to have kept mute on their stress if it so cared.
Mr. Alieu Kamara lauded the efforts of government in supporting them through the free health care programme whilst calling on the government and other partners to continue to support them and expand the skills training programme for survivors.
Mr. Kamara did not however mince his words when he described CARL as one of those suspect NGOs with a political agenda under the guise of defending the rights of the vulnerable. "We have seen many people protesting with placards over the extra judicial killings of their loved ones. But CARL has remained conspicuously silent. "This is the very double standards and opportunism we abhor. As highly educated survivors, we know when negligence would have been committed by the government," the outspoken Chairman Kamara charged.
He ended with a clarion call for CARL to pursue Red Cross officials who created fake vouchers and a workforce at the height of the Ebola era that left millions of dollars squandered without the actual beneficiaries getting a penny.
The Executive Director of CARL Ibrahim Tommy could not be reached for his immediate reaction but sources at CARL stated on condition of anonymity that they have developed many proposals for the fiscal year 2017/18 but the only one that attracts funding is the one around the fight for the rights of Ebola Survivors.
Reports also say Alieu Kamara blamed a sacked minister of government for being behind the scenes to revenge her dismissal by inciting a cross section of the leadership of Ebola survivors to work with CARL.