June 11, 2019
The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) has over the week end joined other members of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) to observe the Wear Orange campaign against armed violence .
The Wear Orange campaign began in the U.S. after 15-year old high school student Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death while chatting on a sidewalk with her friends after finishing her final exams.
Just one week earlier, the bright teenager had performed at President Obama’s second inauguration.Hadiya’s friends and family members in Chicago wore orange–a bright and bold color– to raise awareness of gun violence, honor and remember those who have lost their lives, and to call for action to be taken to stop more lives from being lost.
Their campaign spread quickly throughout the United States, and IANSA has taken the campaign internationally and to the United Nations.
In line with IANSA’S call to Wear Orange and End Gun Violence, officials of SLANSA in Sierra Leone wore orange colour as their contribution to the campaign to end gun violence in the country.
IANSA As an international network dedicated to helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We must also continue to raise awareness of how armed violence negatively impacts capacities for global peace, so we must act together to Envision 2030. The Wear Orange campaign is an opportunity for us to push for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.”
Credit: Concord Times News Sierra Leone