OK, so today was about preparing to meet the President of Sierra Leone and some key members of his Cabinet. This morning we met for two and a half hours to discuss it. This afternoon the meeting almost got canceled because the Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is overseas — he was supposed to be back over the weekend but seems not to have returned. As a matter of protocol, the President wouldnt meet a group of civil society actors (read NGOs) on the subject of the TRC without a TRC commissioner president. We have finally identified a stand-in for the Bishop who will be Commissioner Linda Marcus-Jones. Here is a shot of our meeting this morning over breakfast to talk strategy… I hope for the sake of this country that we get the ball rolling tomorrow. The press coverage so far in the print has been pretty extensive and the wires are picking it up which helps reinforce our argument that we can be allies in using the microphone to bring donors to the table — once the process of addressing the problems is clearly underway….
Frustratingly, the connection is too slow to upload any of the high res images by the pros and I have other things on my mind….Sorry!