How many more souls to violence? For us to wake up as youth?


How many more souls?  For us to wake up as youth?

When last?

Did the riot break at the Pademba road prison?

That claimed the lives of prisoners?

Exact figures of death, we still can’t figure out


We await the final blow of the trumpet promised by thee

For victims of the War, APC and SLPP

Young People,

Have we not learn?

28 year old Augustine, A teacher,

Left his seven year old child Augusta

Was shot and died in cold blood

News have it he was not part of the riot

He only acted as citizen journalist

By taking pictures, that got him killed by security personnel

Who will take care of his seven year old Augusta?

Why don’t we sit and watch from home?
And let politicians fight their battles?
When last did they call you?
Would there be tear gas?
If we all remained in our homes?
And think about our future?
Why should you risk your life for manmade light?

When God’s light is the best?

There is no calmness in riots
at that time the military are under orders
and would do anything to end the riot
you lost your lives to something that can be prevented
now, your family, you left crying
would they get any compensation for your actions?
Before I forget, are you known to any of the politician?
Whilst you are manhandled by the Military, are they present to help?
Why don’t we think about our safety
Let go of the ‘we’ mentality completely
Make personal safety a priority

Do not be used like arrows and bullets
To be used to cause havoc
Whilst the politicians watch from afar
in their homes, with wine in glass
watching us kill ourselves on AYV and SLBC TV
with their children and love once around them
saying, that boy shot is my boy
as they sip the wine and with laughter
I know not all killed and injured were not protesters
but again, it could have been prevented by us to Save the day
by staying at home with our doors closed like politicians when the riot breaks

We are being used as baits for our own deaths
While the politicians remain untouched and unmoved
Isn’t the past enough to teach us?
Or is history repeating itself?

We are quick to make biased posts on Facebook
That only helps fuel animosity among us
Our political affiliations shouldn’t divide us
It doesn’t change the fact that we are Sierra Leoneans
We should appreciate and unite in our diversity

It’s time we change our approach
And learnt to live together as brothers

Never fight for justices
or we will perish together like fools

Rest in peace to the souls gone

Wake up and rise up to the souls left.

Sierra Leone we want can’t be achieve with hate.

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Written by 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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