The Center for Memory and Reparations is an oral history project dedicated to recording testimonies from survivors of the brutal civil war that occurred in Sierra Leone from 1991-2002, including former child soldiers, amputees, and rape victims. The project will serve as a platform for justice, granting an avenue to the voices and experiences of those who were most affected by the war and continue to be most vulnerable in society. Moreover, it will provide survivors room for individual healing through reflection and help build a collective narrative.
Audio-visual testimonies will also help educate the public about Sierra Leone’s post-conflict realities and further the goals of providing educational opportunities for Sierra Leonean youths. Many children were robbed of a childhood due to the war, and the Jeneba Project is providing opportunities to acquire education and encouraging them to become agents of change within their communities. In an interdependent world, no catastrophe is local. We must learn from the history of Sierra Leone and undertake the moral responsibility to prevent such crisis in the future. We hope this project will be helpful in the advocacy against the use of child soldiers everywhere.
This is an oral-history project dedicated to recording testimonies from all those who survived the Sierra Leonean civil war to ensure that the history of the civil war is preserved in order to help prevent a repetition of similar atrocities. Full-length testimonies, as well as shorter and more accessible video clips, will be available to the public, accompanied by written transcripts for easy browsing online. Testimonies will be presented in numerous ways as part of larger educational programs for high schools and colleges in Sierra Leone and the U.S, and as an exhibit in a future memorial in Sierra Leone, which the Jeneba Project will be developing at a later stage.