Sierra Leone was among 54 member states represented at the Westminster Abbey, where the Commonwealth Observance Day was observed. It was a high profiled ceremony that attracted all member states of the Commonwealth.
Sierra Leone was represented by the Minister Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Sierra Leone High Commission to the United Kingdom Sahr Prince Demba, and his wife, Tonda Demba with another Sierra Leonean Fatmata Binta serving as the country’s Flagbearer.
The ceremony was celebrated with a multi-faith observance attended by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh. Also in attendance were the Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioners or representatives of Commonwealth states in the United Kingdom, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Sir Richard Brandson, celebrities and other dignities.
In another development, the Head of Chancery over the Disabled International Foundation in London.
Making his statement, Demba who was representing Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to United Kingdom, His Excellency the High commissioner Edward Turay, expressed his delight and pleasure for launching the Foundation and warmly welcomed the attendants including senior Diplomats at the High Commission.
He commended the Founder, Imambay Kadie Kamara, whom he said had succeeded in breaking all barriers and exclusions disabled persons face in our community as well as her efforts in promoting human rights.
Demba, on behalf of the foundation, solicited the support of the public, the Sierra Leone Government, the British government and the International Community towards the plights of the disabled.
He declared that the successful launch of the Foundation was a great victory for Human Rights.
The programme was climaxed by various stage performances by Sierra Leonean musicians and cultural groups most of which left the audience spell-bounded.
By Sorie Sudan Sesay in London
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