So the night is young (again!) but I think the day was a real success. Angelina Jolie joined me and our consultant Gavin Simpson and our 4 key allies from Sierra Leone in an intense and productive meeting with the President of Sierra Leone, his Attorney General and other key advisors. In that meeting, he made a commitment to printing the White Paper which will propose changes to the the laws within no more than two weeks of receiving the final print of the TRC report, which we are assured is coming soon from Ghana. He also responded positively to our requests to involve human rights advocates in finalizing the White Paper, and in implementing the recommendations.
I am sure this all sounds so dry. What does it mean? I think it means Sierra Leone stands a fighting chance of creating a sustainable and lasting peace. I think it means a process which was stalled is now reinvigorated, and Angelina has pledged her full support to helping bring new donors to the table when the key next steps are taken.
Now, I know I promised you a photo and I have lots of them. I hope we can get it online with this internet connection later tonight…my time. Stay tuned!
PS We’re also all over the news on this one. People love the tomb raider and we think this is her most important role yet!