Sierra Leone Freedom Fighter on U.S. Tour,
You can bring activist, journalist, former child
soldier Chernoh Alpha Bah as a
speaker to your group or campus.
For more information:
Former child soldier and award-winning journalist
imprisoned for exposing human
rights violations in the treatment of West African
refugees, Chernoh Alpha Bah
will be on a North American tour March and April,
2006. The theme of the tour
is, "Diamond wars, child soldiers and the worldwide
movement for African
Representative of a whole generation of young Africans
who have grown up in the
midst of war, turmoil and terror, Chernoh at 27 is a
middle-aged man in a
country whose average life expectancy is less than 40
At twelve Chernoh was forced into the Sierra Leone
army as one of the infamous
child soldiers. Along with thousands of other children
Chernoh was made to
fight in the deadly civil war that devastated the
country in the 1990s.
Although Sierra Leone is diamond and mineral-rich, the
majority of the people
subsist on a dollar a day.
Before he was 20 Chernoh organized the Awareness
Movement of Sierra Leone,
edited The Point newspaper and was forced into exile
in Guinea-Conakry where he
became a political prisoner.
At 21 Chernoh founded the Africanist Movement, which
is today based in eight
countries of West Africa. The Africanist Movement
recently voted to join with
the effort led by the Uhuru Movement to build the
International, the worldwide movement to unify and
While significant movements for liberation are growing
in Latin America and in
the Arab world, Africa is still portrayed as a case
for charity or "live aid"
from white people. Chernoh's passionate message tells
us that despite media
white-outs, the struggle for unification and
liberation on the richest yet most
impoverished continent in the world is still going on.
Chernoh represents the
struggles embodied by Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah,
Patrice Lumumba and Malcolm
X that are continuing today.