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FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura To VISIT Sierra Leone, To Support Manor River Union Football For Peace Initiative


FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura To Visit Sierra Leone, To Support Manor River Union Football For Peace Initiative

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Fifa Secretary General Madam Fatma Samoura will arrive in Sierra Leone on the 26th of April to support the Sierra Leone Football Association’s Football for Peace Initiative with the Mano River Union and UNDP in Sierra Leone.

Madam Samoura a long standing UN Career diplomat served in Sierra Leone during the civil war era, as well as many other African countries before being elected the First Female Secretary General of Fifa.

Samoura is expected to participate as keynote speaker at a live AYV broadcast panel discussion program on the 26th of April.

Other Guest Speakers will include;

Foreign Minister Mrs Nabeela Tunis; Secretary General of the Mano River Secretariat in Sierra Leone, Ambassador Mrs Medina Wesseh;  UNDP Country Representative Pa Lamin Beiya; Vice President of Mano River Women’s Peace Network, Madam Yasmin Jusu Sheriff.

It is anticipated that the  driving force behind the Mano River Football For Peace Initiative  – Sierra Leone’s FA President and newly elected Fifa Council Member Madam Isha Johansen will seek to kick start a pledge through Fifa strengthen economic and development ties between the sub regional countries ( Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast) by using football as common force peace and reconciliation.

An International friendly match will be played between Sierra Leone and Liberia on the 28th of April at the newly completed Fifa/SLFA artificial turf in the Kenema township of Kenema.

This is a developing story. More updates will be provided in due course.



Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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